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Quest Diagnostics Reports Third Quarter Results
Date:10/24/2007

- Operating performance improvement continues -

MADISON, N.J., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the nation's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, announced that for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007, income from continuing operations was $150 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to $164 million, or $0.82 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2006. The third quarter of 2007 includes the results of AmeriPath, Inc., which the company acquired on May 31, 2007.

During the quarter, the company initiated discussions with the government to settle claims associated with its investigation of NID, a test kit manufacturing subsidiary closed in 2006. The investigation was first announced in 2004. The company established a reserve of $51 million in the quarter in connection with these claims. As a result, the company reported a loss from discontinued operations of $52 million or $0.27 per diluted share. (See Footnote 8 to the accompanying tables.)

Third quarter revenues were $1.8 billion, an increase of 11.6% compared to the prior-year level. The acquisition of AmeriPath increased consolidated revenues by 13%. Clinical testing revenues increased by 10.6%, as compared to the prior year. Clinical testing volume, measured by the number of requisitions, decreased 2.4%, and revenue per requisition increased 13.3%. The acquisition of AmeriPath increased clinical testing volume by 5.5% and revenue per requisition by 8.5%. We estimate that the change in status with UnitedHealthcare reduced consolidated revenues by 4.8% and testing volume by 7.3%.

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