French supermarket Carrefour was Europe’s worst performer on Thursday. The stock saw its biggest daily drop in 20 years. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters.

After jitters over North Korea subsided on Thursday, European and US indices closed up with Ireland’s benchmark index performing strongly on the day. (...)

New figures from the European Centre for Disease Control  show Ireland has one of the highest rates of hepatitis C infection in the EU, running at twice the international average. Photograph: Getty Images

The national hepatitis C programme, which has spent almost all its €30 million budget for 2017 in the first six months of this year, has not had a cli(...)

At around 10 per cent of overall spending, the UK health service already spends relatively little on drugs, compared with some large health systems.

The UK drugs industry is going to court in an attempt to stop the country’s taxpayer-funded National Health Service from imposing new limits on the pr(...)

Discovering drugs: “Blue skies research is essential. That is where the biggest value is.  You have to fund research here because you never know: we might crack it.”

For decades now, successive governments have courted big pharma and encouraged them to set up in Ireland and manufacture their drugs. This has created(...)

Traders on Wall Street: health stocks got a boost on Thursday after Republicans unveiled a Bill to repeal Obamacare and the energy sector took a breather with oil prices edging up from multi-month lows

A rise in European health stocks helped pull European shares out of negative territory on Thursday, pegged back by the slide in the energy sector on (...)

Pfizer last year failed in its attempt o buy Allergan and move its headquarters to the Republic. Photograph: Bloomberg

Since becoming chief executive of Pfizer in 2010, Ian Read has twice tried to reshape the drugmaker through a transformational acquisition. And twice (...)

Elisabeth Moss as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale. Photograph MGM/Hulu

There is something uniquely horrifying about having Elisabeth Moss star as Offred in the new adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece The(...)

Marine Le Pen, head of the French far-right party Front National (FN) and candidate for the presidential elections. Investor concerns about the strong showing of far-right candidate Ms  Le Pen in the election kept euro and French debt under pressure on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP

uropean shares edged ahead on Wednesday, helped by good earning updates, but bank stocks hit a five-week low on growing concerns over the region’s cr(...)

Amanda Abdon in front of the gift shop where she works in Mount Gilead, Ohio. Abdon, who voted for Donald Trump, is eager for a repeal of the health care tax penalty her boyfriend had to pay this year. Photograph: Andrew Spear/New York Times

The challenge Annette Cottrell pondered was how to grade US president Donald Trump’s stormy first full week on the job. A trade war bubbling up with M(...)

Barack  Obama: the thing that brings people together to have the courage to take action  is not just that they care about the same issue, it’s that they have shared stories. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Q: These books that you gave to your daughter Malia on the Kindle, what were they? Some of your favourites? A: I think some of them were sort of th(...)