AstraZeneca may have a second chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatmentan after a study showed an experimental combination of lung drugs improved breathing function. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

AstraZeneca said an experimental combination of lung drugs improved breathing function, potentially giving the UK firm its second chronic obstructive (...)

GlaxoSmithKline has sold half its stake in Aspen Pharmacare of South Africa for 10.5 billion rand (€802 million). Photo: Reuters

GlaxoSmithKline sold half its stake in Aspen Pharmacare of South Africa for 10.5 billion rand (€802 million) to invest in new priorities as the UK’s l(...)

GSK is forming a consumer health joint venture with Novartis, while at the same time buying the Swiss company’s vaccines business and divesting its cancer drugs portfolio to Novartis

GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis said on Monday they had completed a series of asset swaps worth more than $20 billion that will reshape both drugmakers.G(...)

When Londoner Claire Vero noticed changes in her skin in her late 20s, she decided it was time to make “a serious change” to her skincare routine. (...)

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell said the so-called ‘Brexit’ possibility transcended traditional divisions on the islands

Uncertainty over Britain’s future membership of the EU is undermining the political stability necessary for prosperity, the annual British-Irish chamb(...)

Former Elan chief executive Kelly Martin (pictured) and chairman Bob Ingram, who sold the Irish stock market stalwart to Perrigo for $8.6 billion in 2013, will sit on the board of Malin

Malin, an Irish company set up by a number of former Elan executives to invest in privately held life science assets, said it plans to raise between €(...)

NYSE traders: Critics say cap-weighted indices run the risk of significant declines if a handful of constituent stocks tumble and that tracker funds will end up being too invested in overpriced stocks, and too little in underpriced stocks. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Traditionally, investors had two choices – track stock markets by buying low-cost index funds, or opt for more expensive active funds that try to beat(...)

Twitter: results out on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters/Kacper Pempel
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TODAY Results: Exxon Mobil. Indicators: Euro zone Markit manufacturing PMI (Jan); Irish PMI manufacturing (Jan); US ISM manufacturing PMI (Jan) and pe(...)

Researchers hope eventually to enrol up to 30,000 people in the trial. Photograph: Reuters/Eddie Keogh

The first batch of an experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline(GSK) has been shipped to West Africa and is expected to arrive in Liberia lat(...)

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Photo of the week: Lean-back entertainment It seems unlikely that it would ever be possible to relax fully while wearing so many lanyards. But (...)