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Johnson & Johnson Announces Sale of Elan American Depositary Shares to Elan

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced the sale to Elan Corporation, plc of approximately 82 million American Depositary Shares (ADS) of Elan held by Janssen Pharmaceutical (Janssen), an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson.  This sale took place in accordance with the "Dutch Auction" tender offer commenced by Elan on March 11, 2013.  The aggregate proceeds are expected to be received on or before April 30, 2013.

Janssen will receive $11.25 per ADS which will result in an after-tax gain of approximately $213 million and will be recorded by Johnson & Johnson in the second quarter. The Company expects to invest this gain in the business. It is not expected to impact earnings per share guidance for full-year 2013 which was previously announced on April 16, 2013.

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(This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations of future events.  If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections of Janssen Pharmaceutical and/or Johnson & Johnson.  Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general industry conditions and competition; economic factors, such as interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; technological advances, new products and patents attained by competitors; challenges inherent in new product development, including obtaining regulatory approvals; challenges to patents; significant adverse litigation or government action; impact of business combinations; financial distress and bankruptcies experienced by significant customers and suppliers; changes to governmental laws and regulations and domestic and foreign health care reforms; trends toward health care cost containment; increased scrutiny of the health care industry by government agencies; changes in behavior and spending patterns of purchasers of health care products and services; financial instability of international economies and sovereign risk; disruptions due to natural disasters; manufacturing difficulties or delays; complex global supply chains with increasing regulatory requirements; and product efficacy or safety concerns resulting in product recalls or regulatory action. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Exhibit 99 of Johnson & Johnson's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2012.  Copies of this Form 10-K, as well as subsequent filings, are available online at, or on request from Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.)

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