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Catamaran CEO sees future opportunities for PBM

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp. hopes to expand business with client Cigna Corp. and foresees other opportunities, according to published reports.

At Monday’s J.P. Morgan healthcare conference in San Francisco, CEO Mark Thierer said the company was looking at big opportunities. The company already has accounts with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, which it took over from CVS Caremark Corp., and a three-year contract with Target that it got from Express Scripts. Media reports quoted Thierer as saying that the company was looking at deals with two Fortune 10 companies.

The company has seen significant expansion in recent months, in December adding a new center of excellence in Indiana and adding two new board members, Betsy Holden and Karen Katen.


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Speck unveils two new lines of iPad Mini cases

BY DSN STAFF

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Speck today introduced its new CandyShell and SmartShell cases for the iPad Mini at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The two covers in the CandyShell line for the iPad Mini — CandyShell and CandyShell Grip — both offer the patented dual-layer design and are available in various on-trend colors for 2013. The CandyShell cover has a hard outer shell to protect the iPad Mini from impact, plus stylish glossy finish. The interior is soft and rubbery to absorb shock from those occasional clumsy moments when the tablet gets dropped or bumped. A Built-in raised bezel protects the screen, and rubberized covers shield the buttons.

The CandyShell Grip was originally designed for the iPod Touch, but was expanded to other products after seeing widespread success with the iPhone. The CandyShell Grip for the iPad Mini provides the same patented dual-layer design as the CandyShell, but also offers interwoven plastic and rubber grips for an easy-to-hold, gamer-friendly design.

"The CandyShell design offers both style and protection, which make sense for the smaller, more portable iPad Mini," said Bryan Hynecek, VP design for Speck. "We’ve also seen a lot of people on the go with the iPad Mini, so we felt an easy-to-hold case like CandyShell Grip was a good fit for the way the device is being used."

Speck’s new SmartShell for iPad Mini, also new at CES this year, complements the Apple Smart Cover, protecting the back of the iPad Mini and securing the Smart Cover in place when open so the tablet can lay flat from edge to spine.

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Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds usage of retail health clinics, worksite clinics on rise

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The use of retail-based health clinics and worksite facilities has increased in recent years, thanks in large part to a combination of quality, accessibility and affordability, according to a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll.

The online survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults, which was conducted in early December, found that 27% of all adults surveyed said they have used either walk-in retail clinics (19%) or work-based clinics (11%) to obtain medical care in the past two years. That compares with 7% in 2008.

The survey also found that people were most likely to visit either a retail or work-based clinic for acute ailments such as colds or flu-like symptoms, minor cuts and wounds, and for routine needs such as flu shots, prescriptions and blood-pressure or cholesterol screenings.

According to the survey, respondents who had used such a clinic were generally happy with the care they received.

Patricia McGaffigan, interim president of the National Patient Safety Foundation, was quoted as saying in a HealthDay article on the survey, “The proliferation of these clinics is helping to absorb a lot of healthcare issues. Many [health-related] episodes can, in fact, be treated and treated very well by folks who are trained and who are following evidence-based guidelines.”

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