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For every condition imaginable, there is no shortage of operators offering empty promises at shocking prices. Photograph: iStock

Compassion is a defining human trait, and the emergence of crowd-funding has allowed us to collectively ease the plights of others. But when it comes (...)

Israeli-incorporated Teva Pharmaceutical Industries sought the orders pending the outcome of other proceedings. Photograph: Bloomberg

A judge has refused to grant injunctions restraining a Co Galway-based pharmaceutical company from acting in alleged infringement of patent by making (...)

Melting glaciers are a clear sign of climat change and global warming

The view that “global warming is all bullshit, it’s got to stop . . . and the world is freezing” is no longer the dominant form of climate change deni(...)

Tony O’Brien, HSE director general: US role would earn him an “annual cash retainer” of $50,000, additional cash fees of $15,000 and initial share-buying options worth $180,000 vesting over a three-year period with further annual options of $90,000.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Department of Health was informed in January by Health Service Executive director general Tony O’Brien that his membership of a board of a US comp(...)

Alkermes reckons more than eight million people in the US alone suffer from a major depressive disorder. File photograph: Getty Images

Shares in Irish biopharma group Alkermes jumped sharply after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed to reconsider a depression d(...)

Richard Pops, chairman and CEO of Alkermes:  The FDA  may want the company to run several expensive new trials before it reconsiders its decision.  Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Pulling success from the jaws of disaster is a fantastic plot twist. It’s just not always a good foundation for a biotech investment. Angling for an (...)

Richard Pops, chairman and chief executive officer of Alkermes. Photograph: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg

Shares in Irish drug company Alkermes continued to slide as the company comes to terms with an FDA refusal to consider approval for a depression drug (...)

For as long as people have fallen ill, there have been others only too keen to exploit them. History is littered with charismatic hucksters and misgu(...)

The idea behind gene therapy sounds simple – a person is born with a version of a gene that causes a disease, so you deliver a new gene to resolve the(...)

An American panel of public health experts have concluded that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who (...)

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