(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson
J&J said it now expects adjusted 2018 earnings per share to be in the range of $8.13 and $8.18, up from its previous range of $8.07 to $8.17.
Sales of rheumatoid arthritis treatment Remicade fell 16.3 percent to $1.38 billion in the quarter as pressure from biosimilars intensified. Analysts had expected revenue of $1.36 billion, according to Barclays.
As Remicade faces increased competition and the company's consumer and medical health businesses come under pressure, J&J has been inking deals and spending more on its drug pipeline to beef up sales.
The healthcare conglomerate's net earnings rose to $3.93 billion, or $1.44 per share, in the third quarter, from $3.76 billion, or $1.37 per share, a year earlier. [nPnc75mFsa]
Excluding items, the company earned $2.05 per share. Analysts on average expected $2.03 per share, according to I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv.
Sales rose 3.6 percent to $20.35 billion, above analysts' average estimate of $20.05 billion.
(Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber and Arun Koyyur)