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(...)

Back pain: Reactiv8 helps restore control to the muscles that stabilise the lumbar spine.

Irish-listed firm Mainstay Medical has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US to begin a clinical trial of its implan(...)

Amarin chief executive John Thero: Irish pharma group is suing US regulator FDA over first amendment rights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Drugmakers have long argued they should have the right to talk to doctors about unapproved uses for their products, as long as they are being truthful(...)

Revolutionary personalised cancer vaccines tailored to individual patients have produced highly promising results in an early clinical trial.The vacci(...)

 McDonald’s Europe announced the plan to end use of antibiotics classified by the World Health Organisation as “highest priority critically important”. It said it would phase out the use of fluoroquinolones and marcolides over the next three years. (Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

Food safety experts and campaigners questioned McDonald’s plans to stop serving chickens fed and injected with antibiotics at its 14,000 US restaur(...)

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 €(...)

Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who is stepping down after almost six years in office. Photograph: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Margaret Hamburg, who as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for almost six years has overseen public health initiatives ranging(...)

Manus Rogan of Fountain Healthcare and Peter Crosby, chief executive of Mainstay Medical

CHARLIE TAYLORBack pain group Mainstay Medical, which floated in Paris and Dublin earlier this year, has said it continues to make progress with its R(...)

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 (...)