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  1. June 29, 2014

    Green chemistry: Pharmaceutical companies try to clean up their act

    Pharmaceutical companies tend to highlight their role in saving lives, but say little about the impact their manufacturing...

  2. June 9, 2014

    Merck to buy Idenix in race for hepatitis C treatments

    Merck & Co has agreed to buy Idenix Pharmaceuticals for $3.85bn in a deal aimed at bolstering its position in the hotly...

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  1. May 30, 2014

    Hopes for cancer cures offer comfort for battered pharma

    It is the Holy Grail of medical science. Ever since Hippocrates, the Greek physician, first described the disease more than...

  2. May 9, 2014

    Week in Review, May 10

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Paris keeps pressure on Alstom over...

  3. May 6, 2014

    Bayer / Merck: the right price?

    This looks expensive. Any deal done at 21 times historic earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation...

  4. May 6, 2014

    Bayer acquires Merck’s consumer healthcare business for $14.2bn

    Germany’s Bayer has agreed to buy Merck’s consumer healthcare business for $14.2bn, acquiring brands including Coppertone...

  5. April 29, 2014

    Sprint’s strength lifts telecoms sector

    Investor focus on the US telecoms sector ratcheted higher on Tuesday after strong results from the country’s third-largest...

  6. April 28, 2014

    Reckitt and Bayer circle Merck auction of consumer healthcare

    Merck of the US is in the final stages of selling its consumer healthcare unit for close to $14bn, with Reckitt Benckiser...

  7. April 13, 2014

    Drug groups step up race for hepatitis C treatments

    Drugmakers are stepping up the race for multibillion-dollar hepatitis C treatments after trial data showed how the disease...

  8. February 3, 2014

    Merck agrees €20m deal to tap into Ablynx’s immunotherapy talent

    A biotech company that uses antibodies from llamas and alpacas to fight disease has struck a deal with Merck to help the US...

  9. January 13, 2014

    Merck gets booster shot from clotting drug

    Gains in drugmaker Merck after preliminary approval for a blood clotting drug boosted its shares by more than 6 per cent,...

  10. December 26, 2013

    Merck tests ground for Iran partnership to produce medicines

    German pharmaceutical group Merck is seeking a partnership with an Iranian manufacturer to produce medicines in the country...

  11. December 5, 2013

    Merck agrees to buy AZ Electronic for £1.6bn

    German drugs and chemicals group Merck has moved to increase its presence in high-tech electronic devices by agreeing to...

  12. October 28, 2013

    Merck falls after miss on revenue

    Merck shares moved lower but the S&P500 touched another record high as company earnings were in focus. The health and...

  13. October 13, 2013

    Merck explores ‘risk-sharing’ deals

    Merck of Germany is in discussions with external investors to fund jointly some of its clinical trials, in an unusual...

  14. October 2, 2013

    Johnson & Johnson: never say never

    Johnson & Johnson will never break up. Its focus on continuity is acute. The current boss has been at the company for 25...

  15. October 1, 2013

    US defence stocks shake off shutdown

    US defence and aerospace contractors moved mostly higher to recover some recent losses as investors greeted the first day of...

  16. October 1, 2013

    Merck to cut 8,500 additional jobs

    Merck, the US drugmaker, is to cut a fifth of its workforce within two years as part of a plan to narrow the focus of its...

  17. September 23, 2013

    Bribery claims infect drug companies’ dealings in China

    It began as a rumour on a Chinese social media site in July, but the impact has swiftly spread around the world: allegations...

  18. September 22, 2013

    Pioneer medical fund takes in $94m

    A pioneering socially orientated private equity fund to finance medical products for the world’s poor has raised $94m from...

  19. August 13, 2013

    GSK subsidiary wins watchdog approval for HIV treatment

    GlaxoSmithKline stands to receive a substantial financial boost after US regulatory approval of a new HIV treatment produced...

  20. August 11, 2013

    Brazil faces brave new world of making hard decisions

    During the boom years, Brazil was often saved from taking hard decisions. Asian demand for commodities buoyed its external...

  21. August 8, 2013

    Surgery needed to keep Novartis in shape

    The strength of Novartis is that it does what a big drug company should do: it makes original drugs that cure or ease the...

  22. July 30, 2013

    Pharma gives US stocks a boost

    Pharmaceutical blue-chips Pfizer and Merck highlighted the mixed earnings season, as the S&P 500 continued its recent run of...

  23. July 28, 2013

    Ireland’s ‘patent cliff’ poses problems for exit of bailout

    The metal reactors at Pfizer’s 200-acre manufacturing plant in Ringaskiddy that make the drug Viagra are not as busy as they...

  24. July 5, 2013

    China’s watchdogs show they have teeth

    Tetra Pak became the latest multinational to be targeted by Chinese regulators on Friday, with the launch of an antitrust...

  25. July 4, 2013

    China drug audit gives pharmaceutical groups the chills

    After the gold rush of the past decade, the latest move this week by the Chinese authorities to probe the medicines sector...

  26. July 4, 2013

    China launches drug pricing probe

    China’s drug pricing authority has launched a wide-ranging probe into the costs of medicines at 60 domestic and...

  27. July 1, 2013

    Drugmakers: binding agents

    Big pharma and generic drugmakers are often at loggerheads. But they may need each other more than they care to admit. Aspen...

  28. June 28, 2013

    ‘Biosimilar’ drug ruling to hit Big Pharma

    European regulators have approved the first generic versions of a complex biological medicine, paving the way for...

  29. June 27, 2013

    Aspen Pharmacare agrees Merck plant acquisition

    Aspen Pharmacare has agreed to buy a manufacturing plant from Merck of the US as part of a $1bn deal, as the South African...

  30. June 7, 2013

    Scientists develop first lung cancer ‘vaccine’

    Argentine and Cuban scientists have developed the world’s first lung cancer “vaccine”, that clinical trials have shown...

  31. June 3, 2013

    Carmakers help fuel US stocks

    Auto companies were in focus on the first trading day of June, as the S&P 500 recovered from morning losses to finish the...

  32. May 22, 2013

    Metro rises after broker gets positive

    Metro was in high demand after the German retailer received a vote of confidence from Morgan Stanley analysts for the first...

  33. May 22, 2013

    US doctors paid $1bn by top drug companies

    A dozen leading drug companies paid US doctors a total of more than $1bn last year, according to fresh data revealing the...

  34. May 9, 2013

    GSK and Merck pioneer vaccine deal

    Merck and GlaxoSmithKline have won substantial contracts in some of the world’s poorest countries for their competing...

  35. April 30, 2013

    Second record day for Wall Street

    US stocks closed at a record level for a second consecutive day, shaking off sluggishness from early trading after the...

  36. April 29, 2013

    US pharma: spot the difference

    The big US drug companies look eerily alike. Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly and AbbVie (formerly Abbott) are all expanding...

  37. April 4, 2013

    Healthcare: Big pharma, big data

    When Guido Rasi took charge of Europe’s medicines’ regulator in 2011 he inherited an explosive dossier that is now poised to...

  38. March 27, 2013

    New foot-and-mouth vaccine developed

    British scientists have developed a new vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease that they say could turn the tide against a...

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