The research  says there is a need to improve the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of such trials. Photograph: iStock

Almost half of cancer drug trials supporting new treatments over a three year period had a high risk of bias that may show effects were exaggerated, a(...)

“About 100 women and 30 men die in Ireland each year from HPV-related cancers. Many of these cases can be prevented with gender-equal vaccination.” File photograph: Getty

The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine is being offered to both boys and girls for the first time in the Republic. HSE vaccination teams are visiting(...)

A giant beach party is planned on October 31st in  Wijk aan Zee, a quiet seaside village west of Amsterdam facing across the North Sea, where a band will play We’ll Meet Again.  Photograph: Vliet/iStock

It’s undoubtedly going to be one of those “where were you?” moments. And already almost 10,000 people in the Netherlands have decided: on October 31st(...)

Teckro uses information retrieval and machine-learning technologies to help make clinical trials simpler and more transparent for doctors. File photograph: Getty Images

Limerick-based Teckro is strengthening its leadership team as the company plans greater expansion. Teckro, which uses information retrieval and mach(...)

Dependence is a  key concern around esketamine treatment. Urging caution and a need for public debate, a British expert observed that “we need to not let the genie get out of the bottle”

A new drug for treating depression has been approved in the US by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The same drug is now undergoing evaluation by(...)

US FDA approval would allow Amarin to pitch its fish-oil drug direct to the consumer rather than solely through the medical practitioner channel. File photograph: Getty

Shareholders tuning into Amarin’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Dublin on Monday had plenty to cheer them. Shares in the company have risen more th(...)

VHI will provide wider access to cancer drugs, including Pembrolizumab, for stage three melanoma, and Pertuzumab (Perjeta) for patients with early stage breast cancer. Photograph: iStock

Commercial rivals to the VHI say they have no plans to follow the semi-State health insurer’s lead by providing wider access to cancer drugs for some (...)

Ireland is, with France, the slowest of the wealthy western European states to approve payment for new medicines, according to a new survey by the industry.

Ireland is, with France, the slowest of the wealthy western European states to approve payment for new medicines, according to a new survey by the ind(...)

In February 2018, the European Medicines Agency recommended that sodium valproate not be used during pregnancy. Photograph: Getty Images

Mothers of children diagnosed with foetal valproate syndrome (FVS) are demanding a public inquiry into why they were not warned of the risks of taking(...)

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(...)

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