About AbbottAbbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs approximately 91,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 — A Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements Statements made in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, without limitation, statements related to our future growth, trends in our industry, our financial or operational results, our financial or operational performance and the planned separation of Abbott's research-based pharmaceutical company from its diversified medical products company and the expected financial results of Abbott and AbbVie after the separation. Such forward-looking statements are predictive in nature, and may be based on current expectations, forecasts or assumptions involving risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements themselves. Such forward-looking statements may, without limitation, be preceded by, followed by, or include words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "forecasts" or similar expressions, or may employ such future or conditional verbs as "may," "will," "should" or "would" or may otherwise be indicated as forward-looking statements by grammatical construction, phrasing or context. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. ̶Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Economic, competitive, governmental, technological and other factors that may affect Abbott's operations are discussed in Item 1A, "Risk Factors," to our Annual Report on Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011. Except as required by applicable law, Abbott disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Abbott may not update these forward-looking statements, even if its situation changes in the future. All forward-looking statements attributable to Abbott are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements.