On cancer medicines Ireland, ranks just 21st with an average 606 days to approval. Photograph: iStock

Ireland continues to trail most of western Europe in sanctioning use of new medicines for patients, according to an industry survey. The study examin(...)

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The European pharmaceutical industry’s vaccines lobby has pushed the EU for exemptions that would protect its members from lawsuits if there are probl(...)

Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association says: “We should reflect on a version of the industry that inspires hope for human health, rather than a narrative too often skewed by misconceptions and narrow rows over price.”

Ireland’s pharmaceuticals sector contributes €14.7 billion to the Irish economy and supports a total of 45,000 jobs, according to analysis by an indus(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May speaking from  10  Downing Street: “All MPs have been willing to say is what they do not want.” Photograph:   Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A cornered Theresa May turned on the House of Commons this week after speaker John Bercow ruled out another vote on her withdrawal deal, and MPs conti(...)

About a billion packs of medicines cross the UK-EU border each year.

Drug companies have urged European Union governments not to close the door to medicines and medical devices approved in the UK in the event of a hard(...)

Spinraza activists protest outside the Dáil in Dublin. The drug is used to treat people suffering with spinal muscular atrophy. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

New generation drugs are better able to address the challenge of rare diseases, but many have yet to get approval for sale here, according to an indus(...)

Stephen O’Donoghue, Derry Healy, Rosie Healy and Kevin O’Riordan getting into the swing of things for this year’s 35th Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle on Saturday, July 7th. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

1) National Bike Week will be held from Saturday, June 9th to Sunday, June 17th. Highlights include family cycling festivals in Cabinteely Park on Sat(...)

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Irish patients are being denied access to nine drugs that are widely available across Europe, largely on cost grounds. The drugs – most of them cance(...)

Packets of medicines sit in a drawer inside a pharmacy store  in Athens, Greece. Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Drugmakers said on Monday they would continue to ship medicines to Greece in coming weeks, despite mounting unpaid bills, but warned supplies could be(...)

Sharon and Brian Thompson with their baby, Victoria, who died of a rare disorder when she was nine months old

On the 21st and 22nd of April, 50 laypeople from more than 20 EU countries will gather in Dublin Castle to network and study at a European Patients(...)

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