Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Mr Varadkar has said the HPV vaccine protected against two high-risk types that caused 73 per cent of all cervical cancers. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The HPV vaccine given to teenage girls to protect against cervical cancer does not cause two syndromes linked to severe pain, fainting and migraines, (...)

The need for the first regulations  in 1965 came on the back of the horrific experience with Thalidomide, a drug given to pregnant mothers that caused appalling birth defects in their children. Photograph: Thinkstock

Compared with its input into national issues in farming, the environment and banking, the EU’s influence on the Irish health system appears relatively(...)

Joe Mooney, chief executive of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland: “We need the Government to take this issue seriously.” Photograph: Moya Nolan

The Government has been urged to approve a new treatment for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The support group Muscular Dystrophy Ireland(...)

LDL cholesterol causes “furring” of the arteries that supply blood to the heart and the brain, which puts those affected at greater risk of heart attack and stroke. Photograph: JB Reed/Bloomberg News

A novel class of cholesterol-lowering drug could be available to Irish patients by the end of the year, following the approval of the first of the new(...)

Mothers wait  with their children  in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, during tests for a  vaccine against malaria. Researchers have said that final clinical trials of a possible world-first licensed vaccine for the disease suggest the jab has the ‘potential to prevent millions of cases’.  Photograph:  Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Final clinical trials of a possible world-first licensed vaccine for malaria suggest the jab has the “potential to prevent millions of cases”, researc(...)

Traders work at their screens in front of the German share price index DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt yesterday. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Markets rose amid hopes that the European Central Bank’s (ECB) €1.14 trillion stimulus plans will spark economic growth in the region.Analysts said t(...)

Philip Watt,  chairman of the Medical Research Charities Group.   “The Department of Health must ensure that accurate adequate warnings are distributed as quickly as possible.”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Patient groups have urged the Department of Health to avoid “another thalidomide” by imposing stricter warnings on a drug commonly used to treat epi(...)

In 1966, scientists made a huge breakthrough in nanomedicine. They found they could miniaturise a submarine and its crew and inject it into a patient’(...)

GlaxoSmithKline has spent 30 years developing a vaccine to prevent Malaria, a tropical disease mainly spread by mosquitoes. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A British drug maker has come a step closer to making the world’s first malaria vaccine available for use.GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has submitted an appli(...)

The Eli Lilly plant in Cork. The pharma firm has won European backing for a generic version of Sanofi’s Lantus insulin.

Eli Lilly has won European backing for a generic version of Sanofi’s Lantus insulin, paving the way for the first copycat of the French drugmaker’s to(...)