Beyond the Headlines, Columns-Drugs & Supplements, January 2006

SEC Approves Proposed Merger Between J&J and Guidant NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The Securities and Exchange Commission approved on Dec. 28 the revised merger agreement between Johnson & Johnson and Guidant Corp. The merger was approved by J&J's board of directors and Guidant shareholders will vote on Jan. 31. J&J announced on Nov. 15 that it will acquire the company for $21.5 billion, $4.4 billion less than J&J previously offered. J&J and Guidant originally entered into an agreement in December 2004, but the companies revised the agreement after J&J said that recent defibrillator and pacemaker …


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