Diluted earnings per share, excluding specified items, were $1.06, reflecting 14.0 % growth, consistent with Abbott’s earlier forecast. Diluted earnings per talk about under Generally Recognized Accounting Principles were $0.98, up 27.3 %. Worldwide pharmaceutical sales elevated nearly 10 % driven by double-digit growth in HUMIRA, Niaspan, and the TriCor/TRILIPIX franchise. Global HUMIRA sales in the quarter exceeded $1.3 billion; full-season 2008 global HUMIRA sales were more than $4.5 billion. Worldwide medical items sales improved 15.6 %; with 58.9 % growth in global vascular sales powered by the continued success of the XIENCE V drug-eluting stent , which became the market-leading DES in the U.S.The new app combines the entire contents of every presssing issue coupled with enhanced features, such as for example multimedia videos and pictures, the capability to share articles and content via email or cultural media channels, and even more. AJPM&R for the iPad app is usually available as a free of charge download from the iTunes App Store. For a restricted time, all users shall possess free full content to the current issue. After the free of charge introductory period, AAP associates and subscribers will continue to enjoy full access with a simple login process.