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J&J trying to recover from setbacks

Although Johnson & Johnson’s overall profit fell 10.6 percent to $3.5 billion in the first quarter of 2013, over-the-counter sales through the company’s consumer division are up 14 percent in the United States, according to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The company is putting more Tylenol and Motrin on stores shelves through its McNeil Consumer Healthcare Unit, located outside Philadelphia. Although McNeil also has plants in Lancaster, Pa., and in Puerto ...

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Investing blog warns about J&J

An investing blog on CNBC.com warns potential investors about health care giant Johnson & Johnson.

The stock is already up more than 22 percent on the year, the blog entry says, and trading at a price/earnings ratio more than twice that of rival Abbott Laboratories. But the entry points out that investors are worried about the company’s prospects for organic growth, especially in light of its reputation still being in “recovery” after ...

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J&J baby powder contaminated with carcinogen

According to a story in the International Business Times, a batch of baby powder from a Johnson & Johnson plant in India was found to be contaminated with a carcinogen. That finding prompted the Food and Drug Administration to cancel Johnson & Johnson’s license to manufacture the powder at that plant.

In recent years, Johnson & Johnson has been obliged to recall nearly 300 million packages of over-the-counter medications, including Motrin, children’s ...

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British regulators warn about hip implants

A story in The Telegraph details the advice that British health regulators are providing for U.K. residents who received a “metal-on-metal” hip implant, in light of recent findings that up to half of the devices fail within six years.

Friction between the metal surfacing on both the implants’ ball and cup causes tiny filings of cobalt and chromium to break off. According to the story, that toxic debris “can seep into the ...

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Johnson & Johnson shareholders unhappy with management

A story in the Washington Post says that several Johnson & Johnson shareholders spoke of their dissatisfaction with the company during their annual meeting recently. Their complaints focused on a long string of product recalls, ethical lapses and excessive executive pay.

In 2010, the company’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit recalled more than 280 million packages of over-the-counter medications, which included Motrin, children’s Tylenol liquid and Benadryl.

Also in 2010, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ...

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Tests performed before hip replacement

Before you get hip replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon generally performs several tests to help ensure a good outcome, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Fortunately, the success rates for hip replacement surgery are generally high, although they can vary based on the type of implant used.

For example, a number of studies have shown that nearly half of metal-on-metal hip implants – featuring both a ball and a socket coated in a mix ...

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