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West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Announces Dividend

LIONVILLE, Pa., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $.17 per share for the second quarter of 2000 payable May 3, 2000 to shareholders of record April 19, 2000. This will be the 118th consecutive quarterly dividend payment made by the Company since becoming publicly held in 1970.

West Pharmaceutical Services applies value-added technologies to the process of bringing new drug therapies and healthcare products to global markets. West's technologies include the design and manufacture of packaging components for pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer products; research and development of drug delivery systems; contract laboratory services; clinical services; and other services that support the manufacturing, filling and packaging of pharmaceutical and healthcare products. For more information, visit the West Pharmaceutical Services website at http://www.westpharma.com. SOURCE West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

CONTACT: Stephen M. Heumann, Vice President and Treasurer of West Pharmaceutical Services, 610-594-3346; Investor Relations: Robert J. Jones, Dory Lombardo, or Press: Stacey Nield, all of Morgen-Walke Associates, 212-850-5600, for West Pharmaceutical Services/