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CAREMARK ACQUIRES MINORITY INTEREST IN SPECTRASCAN IMAGING SERVICES

 NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Caremark International Inc. (NYSE: CK) announced today that it has invested $5 million to acquire a minority interest in Spectrascan Imaging Services (SIS), the nation's largest provider of mammography and ultrasound services in physicians' offices. Under the agreement, Caremark will be represented on Spectrascan's board of directors.
 Spectrascan, a private company founded in 1987 and headquartered in Windsor, Conn., provides services including trained technologists, computerized patient management systems, and mammography and ultrasound equipment to some 600 physicians in 35 states. Altogether, physicians using Spectrascan services perform more than 15,000 mammography studies a month.
 Caremark's salesforce will represent Spectrascan in expanding its mammography and ultrasound services to additional physicians' offices.
 Mammography is considered one of the best means of detecting breast cancer. More than 10 percent of American women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime; 150,000 cases are diagnosed every year; and 45,000 women die of breast cancer annually.
 "The convenience of in-office mammography has been shown to substantially increase compliance with recognized screening guidelines, resulting in earlier detection, more timely and effective intervention, and reduced health care costs," said Alan W. Ware, Spectrascan's president. "We're delighted to join with Caremark to make our services more widely available."
 Added Gary Wright, head of Caremark's women's health program, "We believe Spectrascan's highly trained technologists, state-of-the-art equipment, and convenient location in physicians' offices make it the nation's premier provider of mammography services." He added that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has endorsed the practice of providing high quality in-office mammography "in order to improve access to mammography."
 Caremark International Inc. is a leading provider of alternate site health care services, delivering home infusion, HIV/AIDS care, cancer treatments, hemophilia and immune therapies, and physical therapy in non-hospital settings, as well as providing prescription drug delivery and benefits management. Caremark's women's health program provides services for high-risk pregnancy management and other obstetric and gynecological care. The company had 1991 sales of $1.2 billion and 1992 sales through nine months of $1.1 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Les Jacobson of Caremark, 708-559-4695/
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CO: Caremark International Inc.; Spectrascan Imaging Services ST: Illinois, Connecticut IN: HEA SU: TNM

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