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Recent Media Report On Bard Succession Plan Erroneous

MURRAY HILL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 21, 2002--C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE-BCR) today reiterated that its process for electing a successor to Chairman and CEO, William H. Longfield, is not expected to be completed until the spring of 2003.

The company said that a recent media report anticipating the outcome of this process is without basis.

C. R. Bard, Inc., (www.crbard.com) headquartered in Murray Hill, New Jersey, is a leading multinational developer, manufacturer and marketer of health care products in the fields of vascular, urology, oncology and surgical specialty products.


Contact:
     C.R. Bard, Inc.
     Investor Relations:
     Todd C. Schermerhorn, 908/277-8139
      or
     Media Relations:
     Holly P. Glass, 703/754-2848


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Primary Media Relations Contact

Scott Lowry
Vice President and Treasurer
C. R. Bard, Inc.
730 Central Avenue
Murray Hill, NJ 07974

Tel: 908-277-8365