An automated machine works on purification of  hepatitis C virus drug. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Gilead Sciences, whose $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment is one of the world’s most expensive drugs, is avoiding billions of dollars in US taxes by (...)

Zachary Rubin, medical director of clinical epidemiology speaks at a news conference by UCLA Health System and county officials at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The large Los Angeles teaching hospital has told scores of patients they were possibly exposed to a drug-resistant bacterial “superbug” during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients. Photo: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Federal officials warned health care providers Thursday that difficult-to-clean medical scopes inserted down the throat might be infecting patients w(...)

Pfizer has offered $90 per share in cash for Hospira Photograph: Reuters

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has offered to buy Hospira for about $15 billion (€13bn) to boost its portfolio of generic injectible drugs and biosimilar(...)

BPA,  a chemical   found in a range of plastic products, has been found to pose no health risk to consumers of any age.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has welcomed a finding that the chemical Bisphenol A poses no health risk to consumers of any age. The com(...)

The US Food and Drug Administration approved AbbVie’s treatment for Parkinson’s disease, three months ahead of the scheduled review date.The treatment(...)

The upward Iseq movement was helped by a 2.55% climb for one of its biggest stocks, Ryanair. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Concern about the outcome of a Greek election is likely to translate into weeks of nervous equity markets across the euro zone, analysts forecast.Eur(...)

Imagine, as a surgeon or medical student, being able to walk around inside an immersive three-dimensional simulation of a beating heart.You could inse(...)

Photograph: Reuters / Kim Kyung-Hoon.
Planet Business

Image of the week: Go east Russian president Vladimir Putin walks past his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (A(...)

US president Barack Obama at a meeting on the ebola outbreak in West Africa with  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr Tom Frieden (left) and members of his national security team. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Barack Obama has announced the US government would consider increased screening for the Ebola virus at airports both in the US and in Wes(...)

Tekmira’s Ebola treatment is one of three worldwide that have shown promising results. Photograph: AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza

Shares of Canada’s Tekmira Pharmaceuticals jumped as much as 25 per cent yesterday, after a regulator cleared its experimental Ebola drug for potentia(...)