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Johnson & Johnson Holds 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders
Date:4/28/2011

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At Johnson & Johnson's Annual Meeting of Shareholders today, Chairman and CEO Bill Weldon provided an in-depth look at the steps being taken to address recent quality issues, to restore confidence and trust in the company and its products,  and to continue building on its 125-year legacy of meeting the world's health care needs.

Weldon, along with Alex Gorsky and Sheri McCoy, vice-chairmen of Johnson & Johnson's Executive Committee, highlighted patient stories and innovations that promise to help people lead healthier lives; products and pipelines to address conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, diabetes, prostate cancer and HIV; and efforts to meet the growing demand for health care in emerging markets.

Weldon began by highlighting Johnson & Johnson's announcement yesterday about the definitive agreement to acquire Synthes, Inc., a premier global developer and manufacturer of orthopaedics devices.  He described the agreement as "consistent with our long-term strategy to strengthen our leadership position across important health care markets – in this case, the $37 billion global orthopaedics market."

125 Years of Caring

Setting context, Weldon said, "One hundred twenty five years ago, three brothers shared knowledge of Joseph Lister's theories about infection and a dream that they could save lives in the nation's hospitals."  He said, "Now, the same kind of spirit, commitment and innovation motivates over 114,000 employees of Johnson & Johnson.  We are not perfect.  Yet every day our employees pursue their dreams of positively impacting human lives in more ways than our founders could have possibly imagined."

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Early in the meeting, Weldon expressed his personal disappointment in the series of recalls that have occurred over the past year at the company's M
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