Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Aveeno skin care, Johnson’s baby products and Neutrogena cosmetics, is looking to save about $800 million to $900 million in 2010 with a reorganization. The plan will cut the pharmaceutical giant’s global workforce by 6 percent to 7 percent (about 7,000 employees) by reducing layers of management, and and simplifying business structures, the firm announced Tuesday.

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“The company’s plans are expected to increase its operational efficiency and generate annualized, pretax cost savings of $1.4 billion to $1.7 billion when fully implemented in 2011,” the company stated. William C. Weldon, Johnson & Johnson chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Today, we are announcing a series of actions and plans designed to ensure that our company remains well-positioned and appropriately structured for sustainable, long-term growth in the health care industry.”

J&J will record an associated pretax, restructuring charge in the range of $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009, treated as a special item. The company also confirmed its earnings guidance for full-year 2009 of $4.54 to $4.59 per share, which excludes the impact of special items such as restructuring charges.

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