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West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Announces Dividend

LIONVILLE, Pa., Oct 5, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $.19 per share for the fourth quarter of 2001 payable November 7, 2001 to shareholders of record October 24, 2001.

West Pharmaceutical Services supports global pharmaceutical and healthcare markets with products and services that enhance the effectiveness of drug delivery and product dispensing. West Pharmaceutical Services' technologies include drug formulation research and development, clinical research and laboratory services and the design, development and manufacture of components and systems for dispensing and delivering pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer products. For more information, visit West Pharmaceutical Services at http://www.westdrugdelivery.com and http://www.westpharma.com.

SOURCE West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

CONTACT:          Michael A. Anderson, Vice President and Treasurer of West
                  Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., +1-610-594-3345; Investors - Theresa Vogt of
                  Morgen-Walke Associates, +1-212-850-5600; or Media - Jim Weinrebe of Schwartz
                  Communications, +1-781-684-0770, westpharma@shwartz-pr.com, both for West
                  Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

URL:              http://www.westdrugdelivery.com
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