Bayer to use IPO funds to cut debt

German group is also to use proceeds to buy consumer drugs

Minister races to boost medicines

Aim is to accelerate innovation while lowering costs for industry

Marley and the birth of Big Weed

The African Herbsman was willing to compromise in return for market reach, writes Jonathan Guthrie

‘Generic guy’ built up to Allergan deal

Bisaro surprised board with proposal to buy Botox maker

Sanofi chairman lays bare tensions

French drugmaker predicts surge in drug launches

Push to inject urgency in drug innovation

Industry and ministers look to boost access to new medication

Economic toll of Ebola lower than feared

Lower estimate attributed to success of containment measures

Ranbaxy sues FDA for revoking approvals

Drugmaker appeals decision to scrap US rights for two generics

India’s bad-drug crisis in spotlight

Authorities believe sterilisation deaths caused by tainted medicine

AstraZeneca details standalone strategy

UK-based drugmaker has ‘strengthened’ product pipeline

Actavis builds drug powerhouse

Transformation from $8bn to $120bn in market value in two years

Allergan seals $66bn deal with Actavis

Merger marks largest healthcare takeover of the year

Actavis-Allergan deal

Blockbuster agreement provides window into pharma

Actavis/Allergan: spoiler alert

Actavis has ruined the most interesting M&A situation in years

Allergan takeover about more than price

$66bn offer for Botox maker a fight for soul of modern pharmaceuticals

Reckitt launches pharma spin-off

UK consumer goods group to list drugs arm as standalone company

Actavis to pay $66bn for Allergan

Valeant bows out of bitter pursuit of Botox maker

Was your mother wrong about milk?

A study suggests that dairy products may cause fractures

GSK leads Access to Medicine Index

UK pharma group wins plaudits over developing-world policies

Diabetes rates soar in Middle East

Overeating and low levels of exercise undermine control of disease

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insulin vials ©Jacob Ehrbahn Combating Diabetes

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An elderly man uses a magnifier to see the descriptions on a pack of medicine at a pharmacy in Dandong, Liaoning province March 30, 2011 ©Jacky Chen/Reuter Health: Emerging Markets

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