Johnson & Johnson third quarter sales increase 6.8% to $16.0 billion

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced sales of $16.0 billion for the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 6.8% as compared to the third quarter of 2010.  Operational results increased 2.6% and the positive impact of currency was 4.2%.  Domestic sales declined 3.7%.  International sales increased 16.4%, reflecting operational growth of 8.3% and a positive currency impact of 8.1%.

Net earnings and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2011 were $3.2 billion and $1.15, respectively.  Third-quarter 2011 net earnings also included an after-tax mark-to-market adjustment to the value of the currency option associated with the planned acquisition of Synthes, Inc.  Excluding special items, net earnings for the current quarter were $3.4 billion and diluted earnings per share were $1.24, representing increases of 0.8% and 0.8%, respectively, as compared to the same period in 2010.

The Company updated its earnings guidance for full-year 2011 to $4.95 - $5.00 per share.  The Company's guidance excludes the impact of special items.

"Our solid results this quarter reflect the success of many of our recently launched products," said William C. Weldon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "As we near the completion of our 125th year in business, our people continue to deliver new products, innovative pipelines and expand our global presence in ways that position us well to drive long-term growth and meet significant unmet medical and customer needs," said Weldon.

Worldwide Consumer sales of $3.7 billion for the third quarter represented an increase of 4.9% versus the prior year consisting of an operational increase of 0.5% and a positive impact from currency of 4.4%.  Domestic sales declined 4.5%.  International sales increased 10.1%, which reflected an operational increase of 3.3% and a positive currency impact of 6.8%.

Sales in U.S. over-the-counter medicines were significantly impacted by the suspension of manufacturing at the McNeil Consumer Healthcare facility in Fort Washington, Pa., as well as the impact on production volumes related to ongoing efforts to enhance quality and manufacturing systems.  Positive contributors to operational results were NEUTROGENA® and Dabao skin care products; international sales of oral care products; and baby care products.

In September, McNeil-PPC, Inc. completed the acquisition of full ownership of the Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co. in the U.S. The business will be renamed McNeil Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co. and will continue to market products under the PEPCID®, MYLANTA®, and MYLICON® brands.

Worldwide Pharmaceutical sales of $6.0 billion for the third quarter represented an increase of 8.9% versus the prior year with operational growth of 4.9% and a positive impact from currency of 4.0%.  Domestic sales declined 6.1%.  International sales increased 27.5%, which reflected an operational increase of 18.5% and a positive currency impact of 9.0%.  

Sales results in the U.S. were negatively impacted by generic competition for LEVAQUIN® (levofloxacin), a treatment for bacterial infections, partially offset by the strong performance of recently launched products.

The strong performance of recently launched products, include ZYTIGA® (abiraterone acetate), an oral, once-daily medication for use in combination with prednisone or prednisolone, for the treatment of men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer; STELARA® (ustekinumab), a biologic approved for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis; SIMPONI® (golimumab), a biologic approved to treat adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis; and INVEGA® SUSTENNA™ (paliperidone palmitate) a once-monthly, long-acting, injectable atypical antipsychotic for the acute and maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults.

Also contributing to operational sales growth were the incremental sales from the amended distribution agreement with Merck for sales of REMICADE® (infliximab), a biologic approved for the treatment of a number of immune mediated inflammatory diseases; recently acquired vaccines, proteins and antibodies from Crucell that prevent and/or treat infectious diseases; PREZISTA® (darunavir), a treatment for HIV; and VELCADE® (bortezomib), a treatment for multiple myeloma.

During the quarter, the European Commission granted full approval of the Marketing Authorization of ZYTIGA® (abiraterone acetate), a novel, once-daily, oral medication for use in combination with prednisone or prednisolone, for the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.  In addition, the European Commission approved INCIVO® (telaprevir), a direct acting antiviral protease inhibitor, for the treatment of genotype-1 chronic hepatitis C virus, in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, in adults.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an additional indication for REMICADE® (infliximab) for the treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis in pediatric patients who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy.  Also during the quarter, the FDA approved NUCYNTA® ER, an oral analgesic, for the management of moderate to severe chronic pain in adults.

In September, the Company announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human use of the European Medicines Agency adopted a positive opinion recommending the approval of EDURANT® (rilpivirine), a once-daily treatment in combination with other antiretroviral agents, for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection in antiretroviral treatment-naive adult patients.

Worldwide Medical Devices and Diagnostics sales of $6.3 billion for the third quarter represented an increase of 6.1% versus the prior year consisting of an operational increase of 1.7% and a positive currency impact of 4.4%.  Domestic sales declined 0.7%.  International sales increased 12.3%, which reflected an operational increase of 3.9% and a positive currency impact of 8.4%.

Primary contributors to operational growth included Ethicon's surgical care products; Ethicon Endo-Surgery's Advanced Sterilization Products and international sales of minimally invasive products; and Biosense Webster's electrophysiology business.

During the quarter, the FDA cleared DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.'s TRUMATCH® Personalized Solutions System for use with the SIGMA® Fixed-Bearing Knee system.  TRUMATCH®  Personalized Solutions is a surgical instrumentation and computer software system that is designed to aid in knee implant positioning and procedure efficiency.  

In September, Ethicon Endo-Surgery announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held SterilMed, Inc., a leader in the reprocessing and remanufacturing of medical devices in the U.S.  The acquisition would broaden the Ethicon Endo-Surgery portfolio and enable expansion in a rapidly growing market segment, bringing added scale and scope.

SOURCE Johnson & Johnson

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