You are entitled to advice from your chemist on generic substitutes. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s no secret that Irish consumers are paying over the odds for prescription drugs. Just consider the number of people who pick up their presc(...)

Amarin chief executive Joseph Zakrzewski said the company had reduced staff levels by half as announced in the aftermath of its failure to secure support from a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel for its proposal to expand its target market. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Future prospects for Irish biopharma group Amarin are uncertain after it raised doubts last night about its ability to fund a key trial to extend the (...)

High-potency statins such as atorvastatin and rosuvastatin showed a significant inverse association with developing dementia. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Getty Images

The most commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs may help prevent dementia while also reducing the risk of developing cataracts, new research s(...)

The Irish Medicines Board has warned people against getting tanning injections at tanning salons or using similar unauthorised tanning products bought(...)

Rice is the staple food for about three billion people worldwide. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Rice imported from some countries contains high levels of lead that could pose a health risk to children, researchers have claimed. (...)

An employee wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant on chickens at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province today.  Photograph: Reuters

Chinese authorities have slaughtered over 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai today as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mo(...)