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      US regulators approve first biosimilar drug

      US regulators have approved the first of a new class of drugs called biosimilars, which promise to shave billions of dollars...

    2. February 13, 2015

      Is biotech growth just what the doctor ordered?

      When the head of the US Federal Reserve raises concerns over a potential bubble in a sector, is it time to worry? Janet...

    1. February 13, 2015

      Toxic Ganges adds to spread of drug-resistant bacteria

      Antibiotic resistance, a factor in hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide each year, is spreading in south Asia via the...

    2. January 29, 2015

      Golden triangle of mutual gain that blights the science industry

      Sheldon Silver seemed to have the Midas touch, enriching many within his orbit. Among those alleged to have benefited from...

    3. January 27, 2015

      Donors pledge $7.5bn to supply vaccines

      International donors led by Bill Gates have pledged $7.5bn for vaccines to immunise an extra 300m children in poor countries...

    4. January 26, 2015

      Currency market swings hit global effort to fund vaccinations

      Volatile currency markets have hit efforts to raise $7.5bn for vaccination programmes in the developing world ahead of an...

    5. January 22, 2015

      Britain’s bold move on plain cigarette packaging

      David Cameron has been accused in recent months of presiding over a “zombie government” because his ministers are submitting...

    6. January 16, 2015

      China reports sharp rise in HIV cases

      China has reported a sharp rise in new cases of HIV infection last year, highlighting increased incidence of the disease...

    7. January 15, 2015

      Lobby groups launch global anti-poverty campaign

      A thousand organisations around the world are launching a high-profile campaign named “Action/2015” on Thursday, as they...

    8. December 28, 2014

      Malaria: Real and present danger

      Ka Lar Nar’s fellow east Myanmar villagers chuckle at the story of his periodic headaches because they know he likes his...

    9. December 23, 2014

      Let us enjoy the greatest human escape of all

      The highest life expectancy recorded for women anywhere in the world has risen by a year every four years since 1840. This...

    10. December 18, 2014

      Obesity can be considered a disability, European court rules

      Obesity can be considered a disability, the European Court of Justice has said in a ruling that could change the way...

    11. December 7, 2014

      Pentagon joins international fight to halt drug-resistant malaria

      The US military is throwing its weight behind an international campaign to stop drug-resistant malaria spreading from...

    12. November 11, 2014

      Morocco’s removal as host leaves Africa Cup of Nations in turmoil

      The future of the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament was in turmoil on Monday after Morocco was formally removed as...

    13. October 23, 2014

      Industry response to Ebola quickens

      Pharmaceutical executives and international donors were thrashing out details of a push to accelerate development of...

    14. October 20, 2014

      Food shortages now huge risk in Ebola-hit regions, says UN body

      Food shortages are nearly as much of a risk as the Ebola virus in the three worst-hit countries of western Africa, an...

    15. October 16, 2014

      Ebola crisis wades into election campaign

      The Obama administration’s handling of Ebola has become an election issue as Republicans blame White House incompetence for...

    16. October 12, 2014

      UK should expect ‘handful’ of Ebola cases

      The UK will probably be hit by Ebola, according to the country’s chief medical officer, who has warned the country to expect...

    17. October 9, 2014

      African leaders plead for more help to fight Ebola

      The leaders of the three countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak pleaded on Thursday for the international community to...

    18. September 17, 2014

      Oxford volunteer given experimental vaccine against Ebola

      Britain’s trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola has begun in Oxford with the first healthy volunteer receiving the...

    19. September 16, 2014

      Obama calls for global response to Ebola

      The world must act fast to fight the global threat posed by Ebola, President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday as the US...

    20. August 20, 2014

      Liberia police fire live bullets to disperse Ebola protest

      Monrovia, Aug 20 – Police in the Liberian capital Monrovia fired live rounds and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse a...

    21. August 8, 2014

      World Health Organisation declares Ebola international emergency

      The World Health Organisation has declared the largest Ebola outbreak on record an international emergency but stopped short...

    22. July 2, 2014

      Total cull ‘necessary’ to prevent spread of bovine TB in UK

      The only sure way to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis would be to kill all cattle in infected herds, according to a...

    23. April 1, 2014

      Drugmakers learn to blend commerce with philanthropy in Africa

      Africa has rarely been a source of good publicity for big pharma. But two events this week suggest the drugs industry is...

    24. March 28, 2014

      Spread of deadly Ebola virus to west Africa puts health experts on alert

      It has been among the world’s most feared infectious diseases since its discovery in the jungles of central Africa in 1976....

    25. February 5, 2014

      New fatal bird flu strain detected in China

      A lethal new strain of bird flu has emerged in China. The H10N8 virus killed a 73-year-old woman in Nanchang City, according...

    26. 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...

    27. January 21, 2014

      Pakistan suspends polio vaccination campaign after team shot dead

      Pakistan abruptly suspended a polio vaccination campaign in the southern port city of Karachi on Tuesday, after three...

    28. November 26, 2013

      Bayer offers $2.4bn for cancer drug partner Algeta

      Bayer of Germany has launched a bid to take control of Algeta in a deal valuing the Norwegian maker of injectable...

    29. October 16, 2013

      Global institutions need revamp, Oxford Martin Commission warns

      The world’s governing institutions are in dire need of a revamp to make them relevant to the 21st century and should all be...

    30. October 11, 2013

      Drug research: caring and sharing

      Which is more important – curing cancer, or malaria? Either will cost a fortune, take a long time to develop and benefit...

    31. October 6, 2013

      Disease grader and mapper

      Kikelomo Adeleke, Sightsavers I travel from village to village in Nigeria, examining people’s eyes using a magnification...

    32. September 12, 2013

      Vaccine offers fresh hope for central African ‘meningitis belt’

      Use of a new vaccine in Chad has all but eliminated meningitis, according to a study that boosts the prospects for defeating...

    33. July 21, 2013

      Drug groups set for TPP trade clash

      Drug companies and development groups have clashed over intellectual property provisions in trans-Pacific trade talks, as...

    34. July 12, 2013

      UK drops plan for plain cigarette packs

      The British government has shelved plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes , prompting claims it has given in to...

    35. July 3, 2013

      Fresh hope for HIV cure after bone marrow transplants

      Two patients with HIV who were given bone marrow transplants have shown no sign of a resurgence in infection several weeks...

    36. July 2, 2013

      EU drug groups to disclose payments to doctors under transparency code

      Europe’s drug companies are to make public the payments they give to doctors under a voluntary code of practice designed to...

    37. June 19, 2013

      Sustainable healthcare: trends urge need to put prevention before cure

      In the long run we may all be dead but in the medium term we are increasingly being pulled into the orbit of healthcare...

    38. June 19, 2013

      Smoking: Plain packaging war smoulders

      When James Reilly, the Irish health minister, announced in May that he would introduce legislation next year requiring that...

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