Atlanta-based National Data Corp.’s acquisition of two pharmacy software companies in the United Kingdom represents the company’s first initiative to expand its health care business beyond North America.

      Robert C. Yellowlees, NDC’s chairman and CEO, said in a prepared statement that the acquisitions of the English companies Chemtec Systems Ltd. in Preston and Hadley Hutt Computing Ltd. in Droitwich were made because they both operate throughout the U.K. and Ireland.

      NDC, which services some 90% of the pharmacies in the U.S. and Canada, will expand the U.K. companies’ services in their markets.

      NDC already has an extensive global network for its payment systems and cash management software.  Its health care services, however, now provide 41% of the company’s total revenue which in fiscal 1997 ending on May 31 amounted to $433.8 million.

      Besides pharmacies, NDC also offers value-added services and systems to physicians, hospitals, dentists, HMOs, insurance carriers, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, government health care agencies, distributors and manufacturers.

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