The Board of Directors of C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE: BCR) today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 18 cents per share on Bard's common stock. The current indicated annual dividend rate is 72 cents per share. The dividend is payable on February 4, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 24, 2011.

C. R. Bard, Inc. ( ), headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., is a leading multinational developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative, life-enhancing medical technologies in the fields of vascular, urology, oncology and surgical specialty products.

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