In the Matter of

AIRGAS, INC., a corporation.

File No. 001-0040


The Federal Trade Commission ("Commission"), having initiated an investigation of the acquisition by certain wholly-owned subsidiaries of Airgas, Inc. ("Airgas") of 100 percent of the Puritan Bennett Medical Gas Business from Mallinckrodt, Inc., and it now appearing that Airgas, hereinafter sometimes referred to as "Proposed Respondent," is willing to enter into this Agreement Containing Consent Order ("Consent Agreement") to divest certain assets and providing for other relief:

IT IS HEREBY AGREED by and between Proposed Respondent, by its duly authorized officers and attorneys, and counsel for the Commission that:

1. Proposed Respondent Airgas is a corporation organized, existing and doing business under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Delaware, with its office and principal place of business located at 259 North Radnor-Chester Road, Suite 100, Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087.

2. Proposed Respondent admits all the jurisdictional facts set forth in the draft of Complaint here attached.

3. Proposed Respondent waives:

a. any further procedural steps;

b. the requirement that the Commission's Decision and Order, here attached and made a part hereof, contain a statement of findings of fact and conclusions of law;

c. all rights to seek judicial review or otherwise to challenge or contest the validity of the Decision and Order entered pursuant to this Consent Agreement; and

d. any claim under the Equal Access to Justice Act.

4. Proposed Respondent shall submit, within thirty (30) days of the date this Consent Agreement is signed by Proposed Respondent, an initial report, pursuant to Commission Rule 2.33, 16 C.F.R.  2.33, signed by Proposed Respondent, setting forth in detail the manner in which Proposed Respondent has complied and will comply with the Decision and Order. Such report will not become part of the public record unless and until the accompanying Consent Agreement and Decision and Order are accepted by the Commission for public comment.

5. This Consent Agreement shall not become part of the public record of the proceeding unless and until it is accepted by the Commission. If this Consent Agreement is accepted by the Commission, it, together with the Complaint contemplated thereby, will be placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days and information in respect thereto publicly released. The Commission thereafter may either withdraw its acceptance of this Consent Agreement and so notify Proposed Respondent, in which event it will take such action as it may consider appropriate, or issue and serve its Complaint ( in such form as the circumstances so require) and its Decision and Order, in disposition of the proceeding.

6. This Consent Agreement is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by Proposed Respondent that the law has been violated as alleged in the draft of Complaint here attached, or that the facts as alleged in the draft Complaint, other than jurisdictional facts, are true.

7. This Consent Agreement contemplates that, if it is accepted by the Commission, and if such acceptance is not subsequently withdrawn by the Commission pursuant to the provisions of Commission Rule 2.34, 16 C.F.R.  2.34, the Commission may, without further notice to Proposed Respondent: (1) issue its Complaint corresponding in form and substance with the draft of Complaint here attached and its Decision and Order containing the following order to divest in disposition of the proceeding, and (2) make information public with respect thereto. When final, the Decision and Order shall have the same force and effect, and may be altered, modified or set aside in the same manner and within the same time provided by statute for other orders. The Decision and Order shall become final upon service. Delivery of the Complaint and the Decision and Order to Proposed Respondent by any means specified in Commission Rule 4.4(a), 16 C.F.R.  4.4(a), shall constitute service. Proposed Respondent waives any right it may have to any other manner of service. Proposed Respondent also waives any right it may otherwise have to service of any confidential appendix incorporated by reference into the Decision and Order, and agrees that it is bound to comply with and will comply with the Decision and Order to the same extent as if it had been served with copies of the confidential appendix, where Proposed Respondent is already in possession of copies of such confidential appendix. The Complaint may be used in construing the terms of the Decision and Order, and no agreement, understanding, representation, or interpretation not contained in the Decision and Order or the Consent Agreement may be used to vary or contradict the terms of the Decision and Order.

8. By signing this Consent Agreement, Proposed Respondent represents that it can accomplish the full relief contemplated by the attached Decision and Order.

9. Proposed Respondent has read the draft Complaint and Decision and Order contemplated hereby. Proposed Respondent understands that once the Decision and Order has been issued, it will be required to file one or more compliance reports showing that it has fully complied with the Decision and Order. Proposed Respondent agrees to comply with the terms of the Decision and Order from the date it signs this Consent Agreement. Proposed Respondent further understands that it may be liable for civil penalties in the amount provided by law for each violation of the Decision and Order after it becomes final.

Signed this _______ day of October, 2001.


Peter McCausland
Chairman and CEO, Airgas, Inc.

Stephen A. Stack, Jr.
Counsel for Airgas, Inc


Christina R. Perez
James J. Hegarty


Christina R. Perez


Ann Malester
Assistant Director

Michael E. Antalics
Deputy Director

Joseph J. Simons
Bureau of Competition