Abbott is turning to Cavan to provide baby formula supplies after a product recall and plant shutdown in the US. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Nutrition group Abbott is flying supplies of infant milk formula from Cootehill in Cavan to the United States daily to help mitigate a supply crunch t(...)

While the cost of anti-cancer drugs is high and rising, these costs are not related to the benefits provided in terms of overall survival, the study published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science says. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Just one in five new cancer treatments recently licensed in the United States are being made available to Irish patients, a new study shows. Delays (...)

Open Orphan executive chairman Cathal Friel.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough therapy designation for a vaccine candidate for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). (...)

Dr Bartley Griffith of University of Maryland Medical Centre and David Bennett. Photograph: David Bennett jnr/PA Wire

Were you surprised to read about the first ever pig-to-human heart transplant that took place in the US earlier this month? I have to say I was – for (...)

Dr Bartley Griffith with his 57-year-old patient, David Bennett, prior to the successful transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart. Photograph: University of Maryland School of Medicine/EPA

A man in the United States with terminal heart disease was implanted with a genetically modified pig heart in a first-of-its-kind surgery, and three d(...)

Martin: ‘I think the more outdoor activities we can continue with the healthier and the better’. Photograph: iStock

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said he anticipates that it will be possible to offer Covid-19 vaccinations to primary school children within months. His c(...)

Perfect Day founders Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi.

A foodtech company that began in Cork has raised a further $350 million to bring its lab-developed animal-free dairy products to market. This takes t(...)

Covid vaccines: older people, residents of long-term care facilities and healthcare workers  will likely be among the first to receive booster jabs. Photograph: Hannah Beier/Bloomberg

What’s the latest on Covid-19 booster shots? The Government has received the go-ahead for a Covid-19 booster-inoculation campaign for immunosuppresse(...)

The US Food and Drug Administration has asked Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to include 3,000 children in the five to 11-year-old age group in their studies, according to people familiar with the situation. Photograph: Javier Torres/AFP via Getty

At the urging of federal regulators in the United States, two coronavirus vaccine-makers are expanding the size of their studies in children aged fiv(...)

A patient in the Aduhelm trial, after an infusion. Photograph: Kayana Szymczak/The New York Times

Drug approval is a remarkably sensitive subject. Pressure from patients – and some doctors – will always be for better treatments for poorly served co(...)

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