<img src="http://ww2.hdnux.com/photos/60/46/10/12739117/3/920×920.jpg" alt='In this Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, photo, a selection of Johnson & Johnson brand first aid products are shown in Surfside, Fla. guidanceJohnson & Johnson reports financial earnings Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Photo: Wilfredo Lee, AP / Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.’ /> In late-morning trading, J&J shares dropped $4.62, or 3.7 percent, to $121.10. Sales in J&J’s prescription drug business rose 0.8 percent to $8.3 billion. But top seller Remicade, an injected biologic drug for Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other immune disorders, saw sales decrease 6 percent to $1.7 billion. Near copy, or “biosimilar,” versions of Remicade have cut into its sales in Europe, where they’ve been available for much longer than in the U.S. Caruso said the launch late last year of Pfizer Inc. ‘s Inflectra, a biosimilar of Remicade, has had little impact on sales in the U.S. Doctors there are hesitant to prescribe biosimilars, which are relatively new to the U.S. market, for patients doing well on Remicade. The Tylenol maker’s consumer product sales rose 1 percent to $3.3 billion, while sales of medical devices and diagnostic equipment increased 3 percent to $6.3 billion.
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A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. ET April 17, 2017 | Updated 23 hours ago Six-count indictment dismissed after judge suppresses victim’s testimony Edward Meier, a suspended Cliffside Park guidance counselor and basketball referee, in court with his attorney Brian Neary in February 2016. (Photo: Mitsu Yasukawa/NorthJersey.com file photo) 1054 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE CLIFFSIDE PARK The sexual assault charges against a suspended Cliffside Park school guidance counselor were dropped this month afterajudges ordersuppressed key evidencefor the prosecution. Superior Court Judge Frances A.McGroganordered the suppression in March of the secondoftwo videotaped interviews given by thevictim, who was 5 years old at the time of the alleged assault. McGrogan’s decisionalso precluded the victim from testifying at the trial of former teacher Edward Meier, who worked at Cliffside Park High School for more than 20 years. Meierwas arrested in October 2014andindictedin May 2015 on six counts involving aggravated sexual assault, sexual assaultand child endangerment. Assistant Bergen County ProsecutorDemetra Maurice saidMcGrogan’sruling made it impossible to try the case. If we dont have a victim who is allowed to testify, how can you proceed with the trial? she said. The ruling followed what is referred to as a Michaels hearing, which determines whether the victims comments to investigators were shaped by outside influences or the manner in which the victim was interviewed.
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