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ABBOTT ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE PROMOTIONS, DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

 ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) today elected two corporate vice presidents, effective immediately. They are:
 James J. Koziarz, Ph.D., vice president, diagnostic products research and development. Koziarz, 44, previously was divisional vice president, diagnostic products research and development. He joined the company in 1979 as a microbiologist in the diagnostic products business sector. Before that, he was a research associate in the department of biochemistry at the University of Chicago. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from DePaul University and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Chicago.
 Josef Wendler, vice president, Pacific/Asia/Africa operations. Wendler, 44, previously was divisional vice president, Pacific/Asia/Africa. He joined the company in 1983 as marketing manager, Germany, hospital products business sector. Before that he was national sales manager, Germany, for Eli Lilly and Company. He holds a master's degree in economics from University of Mannheim, Germany.
 In other actions today, the board declared a quarterly common dividend of 17 cents per share. This marks the 280th consecutive dividend to be paid by Abbott since 1924. The dividend will be payable on Feb. 15, 1994, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 15, 1994.
 Abbott Laboratories is a worldwide manufacturer of health care products employing 49,000 people. In 1992, the company's sales and net earnings were $7.9 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively, with earnings per share of $1.47.
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 /CONTACT: Marc Bertaud, investor relations of Abbott, 708-938-8848/
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