Julie O’Neill at the site in College Park, Blanchardstown. When it is completed, Alexion will have invested €508 million in the State. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It’s been a long day already, but, with a quick sip of a soft drink, Julie O’Neill gets stuck in. Earlier in the day, O’Neill had announced a €450 mil(...)

Julie O’Neill of Alexion Pharmaceuticals: “I don’t think we are at a stage in the economic recovery where businesses in any sense can afford to give those level of pay cuts [back].” Photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland’s economy is not yet sufficiently recovered to consider reversing cuts in pay imposed during the years of austerity, according to a former pre(...)

Alexion, which makes Soliris, one of the world’s most expensive drugs, is to invest a further € 450 million to extend its Dublin facility over the next four years.

Biopharma group Alexion has announced plans for a major expansion of its Irish business.Alexion, which is still building the first page of its planne(...)

The maker of one of the world’s most expensive medicines, whose price has been described by the HSE as “exorbitant” and “astronomical”, have refused t(...)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has decided to make a life-saving Soliris drug available to Irish patients despite criticising its “exorbitant” and ‘astronomical’ cost.

A life-saving drug which costs about €430,000 per patient annually is to be made available in Ireland, even though the Health Service Executive (HSE) (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says it is regrettable Alexion  has failed  to provide a potentially life-saving drug to Irish patients at a more sustainable price. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Minister for Health has strongly attacked a leading US pharmaceutical company over its “aggressive” pricing policy.Leo Varadkar said it was regre(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘It is regrettable that to date the company has not been able to provide this drug at a more sustainable price to the HSE to reflect the clinical evidence.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The HSE is considering the outcome of talks with a company on the purchase of a drug to treat paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PHN), Minister fo(...)

Anne MacMahon from Kilcornan, Co Limerick: she also has PNH but four years on from being treated with Soliris, she enjoys a vastly improved quality of life. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Mary Gorman and Anne MacMahon, both in their 50s and living in rural Ireland, have the same rare, life-threatening blood disorder. One of these women (...)

Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange yesterday.The  DAX Index climbed 0.3 per cent. Photograph: Reuters

National benchmark indices advanced in nine of the 18 western-European markets yesterday. Germany’s DAX Index climbed 0.3 per cent and France’s CAC 4(...)

Dan Flinter: chairs the PM Group as well as being chairman of the board of ‘The Irish Times’.

PM Group, the Dublin group that provides construction, engineering and project management services to multinationals worldwide, last year recorded a s(...)