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 (...)

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(...)