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J&J Trades Up in Orthopedics

Executive Summary

J&J's acquisition may or may not be the big deal that finally starts to consolidate the orthopedics implant industry. But it gives J&J a powerful franchise in orthopedics at a time when the company's future in the industry segment was uncertain.

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