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(...)

A Liberian nurse in protective clothing being sprayed with disinfectant after preparing several bodies of victims of Ebola for burial in the isolation unit of the ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA/

An American doctor stricken with the deadly Ebola virus while in Liberia and brought to the US for treatment in a special isolation ward is improving,(...)

The Husi Food factory in Shanghai, which is under investigation  by the authorities. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Here at Asia Briefing we often discuss how China’s desire for high standards in food safety presents opportunities for Irish companies; the country’s (...)

A “Temporarily Unavailable” sticker  on a picture of chicken nuggets on the menu at a McDonald’s restaurant in Hong Kong last Friday. McDonald’s Corp has suspended sales of certain items in Hong Kong after the Husi  food safety scare. Photograph: Reuters/Bobby Yip

OSI Group LLC, a meat supplier to McDonald’s Corp, said it would recall all products made by its Shanghai plant. “To help rebuild the trust . .(...)

 The Department of Foreign Affairs: organised training and briefing programme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A group of government officials, leading Communist Party cadres and executives from state-owned enterprises from Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Beijing(...)

Increasingly, the costs of some generic drugs are on the rise

The first sign of trouble came when cardiologist Dr Barry Lindenberg received a three-page insurance form in January, demanding he get preapproval to (...)

The Food and Drug Administration approved Allergan’s Ozurdex, a drug for diabetic macular edema, which can cause vision loss and eventual blindness in people with diabetes, according to a regulatory filing today.

Allergan, the drugmaker resisting a takeover by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International , won US approval for a treatment of vision loss in diabetics a(...)

Ryanair and Aer Lingus were dragged down in a sector-wide slide in airline stock linked to Germany’s Lufthansa lowering of its profit forecast earlier in the week.

European stocks were little changed yesterday despite poor retail sales and jobs data from the US, while oil prices hit a three-month peak on escalat(...)

European stocks rose, with the region’s benchmark index capping its longest streak of weekly gains since November, as data showed a drop in German bu(...)

A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York City. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The Health Services Executive is to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all health service facilities from next month. The decision w(...)