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The Boston Globe

Globe 100

No. 1 medical device company

Covidien turns medical devices into cash

50,000 products mean sales in the billions

MANY CORPORATE GIANTS count on billion-dollar blockbuster products, from Coca-Cola to the iPad, to make money.

Covidien PLC, on the other hand, has stitched together a bulging catalog of more than 50,000 obscure health products, ranging from surgical instruments to bandages, that together generate billions of dollars in sales a year.

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