Lorraine Nolan: Health Products Regulatory Authority chief executive: Nolan comes from a scientific family – ‘my sister is a nurse, one brother is a biologist, another is a biochemist and another is an electronic engineer. I blame my parents who bought us all chemistry sets as children.’

You might expect the national authority for regulating medicines and medical devices to occupy an imposing historic or modern building in the capital.(...)

Minister For Health Leo Varadkar: said it appeared some girls first suffered symptoms at about the time they received the vaccine, and understandably some parents had connected it to their daughters’ condition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Teenage girls who believe the ill-health they are suffering is because of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer should be treated based on their sy(...)

Mercy University Hospital Clinical Research Facility director Joe Eustace, SRL Pharma vice-president Anita Maguire and founder Margaret Shine. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Food companies have always tested new foods or beverages on ordinary consumers before release. Now the pharmaceutical companies are doing the same thi(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Mr  Varadkar  claimed pharmaceutical firms are charging the State ‘unbelievably high prices’ for lifesaving  drugs. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Major Irish-based pharmaceutical companies have criticised Minister for Health Leo Varadkar over his claim that firms are charging Ireland “unbelievab(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: agreed drug companies “overcharge and use patients as pawns”. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has condemned the “greed incorporated” in drug companies and said dealing with some of them brought out “whatever so(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the launch of the HSE national service plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has criticised international drug companies that charge Ireland and other small countries “unbelievably high prices” (...)

Doctors from the Department of Health and other authorities were before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health to discuss the concerns of a parents’ group about the safety of the Gardasil vaccine. Photograph: Getty Images

Teenage boys as well as girls should be given the vaccine that prevents a virus that causes 70 per cent of cervical cancers, a senior health policy ad(...)

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(...)