J&J quarterly revenue, profit edge past Street

J&J quarterly revenue, profit edge past Street

REUTERS: Johnson Johnson , the world’s largest maker of healthcare products, reported third-quarter revenue and profit just ahead of Wall Street estimates, fueled by strong sales in its prescription drugs business.J J, the first major U.S. drugmaker to report quarterly results, said pharmaceutical drug sales jumped 9.2 percent to US$8.40 billion, buoyed by demand for its cancer medicines, Imbruvica and Darzalex, as well as its blood thinner Xarelto.The company is increasingly confident of filing 10 new pharmaceutical products between 2015 and 2019, each with revenue potential over US$1 billion, Chief Executive Alex Gorsky said in a statement on Tuesday.Sales of the company’s autoimmune drug Remicade – its biggest product – rose 10.5 percent to US$1.78 billion in the quarter.However, the company is set to face competition for Remicade in the United States.Pfizer Inc said on Monday it would begin shipping its biosimilar version of Remicade in late November at a 15 percent discount to current wholesale prices.The Pfizer drug, Inflectra, is already available in Europe and other overseas markets, and was approved by U.S. health regulator earlier this year, but a protracted patent battle impacted its launch.J J said in July its forecast for Remicade had assumed no competition from a biosimilar in the United States this year.The maker of a variety of products from Tylenol to Band-Aid bandages to Acuvue contact lenses raised the lower end of its adjusted profit range to US$6.68 per share from US$6.63 on Tuesday.The company retained the upper end at US$6.73 per share, and also backed its revenue forecast for the year.Global device sales inched up 1.1 percent to US$6.16 billion in the third quarter, while consumer product sales fell…

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