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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is a large cap multinational corporation trading on NYSE, part of the health care sector. The company is divided into three major divisions: consumer healthcare, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) manages 250 operating companies and franchises in 60 countries and is the second largest manufacturer of health care products. This company owns the Tylenol, Band-Aid and Neutrogena brands. Employing 115,500 people, the largest division is pharmaceuticals which brought in $22.5 billion in revenue 2009. The company as a whole reported $3.4 billion net earnings in the third quarter 2010.

Pharmaceuticals that JNJ produces include: Remicade, used in treating Crohn’s disease, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis; Topamax which is effective against epilepsy and migraines. The FDA has granted J&J exclusivity for this drug into March of 2009 (pediatric exclusivity). Two other drugs, among many that J&J manufactures, are Procrit (used in treating the loss of red blood cells) and Risperdal (antipsychotic).

Recent news is that Johnson & Johnson sold its St. Joseph’s aspirin brand. In addition, J&J is in the process of acquiring all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Crucell N.V., a Dutch biotech company whose forte is the discovery, manufacturing, and commercialization of vaccines. The reported offer is a stock price per share of €24.75.

Johnson & Johnson’s corporate headquarters is still located in New Brunswick, NJ where it was founded in 1886 by Robert Wood Johnson. One of their early products was the first-ever sterile surgical dressings to be sold commercially. In 1908 the company had 2500 employees. By 1926 they had introduced Johnson’s® Baby Powder and sterile sutures; and international expansion had begun into Canada and England.

Johnson and Johnson became a publicly traded company in 1944 and after that formed and acquired several companies. JNJ stock is considered stable thorugh these aquisitions. Among these was McNeil Laboratories, Inc., which manufactures Tylenol® and Ortho Pharmaceuticals which launched Ortho-Novum in 1963, its first birth control pill. Further acquisitions and internal development over its history has introduced Haldol® (for treating schizophrenia) and the Proximate® Linear Stapler, enabling surgeons to close surgical incisions without sutures. Growth and international expansion has continued through today.

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