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Johnson & Johnson Reports Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2008 Results
Date:1/20/2009

g as part of HIV combination therapy in treatment-naive adults and traditional approval as twice-daily for use in treatment-experienced adult patients. Outside the United States, the European Commission granted full approval of the Marketing Authorization of PREZISTA in combination with ritonavir and other antiretroviral medicinal products for the treatment of HIV-1 infection, and extended the indication to include all treatment-experienced adult patients.

Worldwide, the Medical Devices and Diagnostics segment achieved annual sales of $23.1 billion in 2008, representing an increase over the prior year of 6.4% with operational growth of 3.5% and a positive currency impact of 2.9%. Domestic sales increased 1.0%, while international sales increased 11.3% (5.8% from operations and 5.5% from currency).

Primary contributors to the operational growth included Ethicon Endo-Surgery's minimally invasive products; Vistakon's disposable contact lenses; and DePuy's orthopaedic joint reconstruction and sports medicine businesses. This growth was partially offset by lower sales in the Cordis franchise, reflecting new competitive entries in the drug-eluting stent market.

During the quarter, the Company completed the acquisition of SurgRx, Inc., a privately held developer of the advanced bipolar tissue sealing system used in the ENSEAL family of devices, and the divestiture of Ethicon's Professional Wound Care business to One Equity Partners. In addition, the Company completed the acquisition of Omrix Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company that develops and markets biosurgical and immunotherapy products.

Also in the quarter, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mentor Corporation, a leading supplier of medical products for the global aesthetic market.

The Company also announced 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the VITROS 5600 Integrated Syste
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