Sam Bailey from Rathcoole, Co Dublin, his father Paul, mother Fiona and sisters Kayla and Sarah, protesting  over the HSE’s decision not funding the drug Spinraza, outside the Dáil on Thursday. Photograph: James Forde

Access to medicines is always an emotive issue. If you’re a patient with a life-limiting condition, you’ll never understand why you cannot access a dr(...)

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(...)

Lauren Whelan (15), from Lorretto Crumlin who is an SMA sufferer with  Spinraza activists portesting outside the Dáil. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Drug company Biogen has called on the HSE to look again at the proposed pricing for the only available treatment for the rare but fatal muscle-wasting(...)

Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty Images

The European Medicines Agency must comply with the terms of the lease on its London headquarters despite the UK’s exit from the EU, a judge ruled on W(...)

Simon Coveney: “The challenges that we face are the fact that a lot of the medicines that would have been supplied into Ireland until now come either via the UK or from the UK.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has urged people not to stockpile medicines over fears of a hard Brexit. The Minister said the Republic h(...)

DeepMind, the London-based subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has an AI that screens retinal scans for conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Photograph: iStock
Ten developments to watch out for

There are so many interesting and exciting digital and technology developments happening in the life sciences sector right now. We take a closer look(...)

Doctors and patients require access to up-to-date databases on individual devices so that they can form a reliable opinion as to the risks and benefits of choosing a particular implant

Medical implants are a €352bn global industry. Products have revolutionised medical care and changed hundreds of thousands of people’s lives for the b(...)

Sodium valproate is manufactured by Sanofi and marketed in Ireland under the brand name Epilim. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/ Bloomberg

Concerns over the dispensing of an anticonvulsant drug known to cause birth defects has prompted a State regulator to write to all pharmacists over th(...)

Jazz Pharmaceuticals chief executive Bruce Cozadd: “We fully intend to have strong acquisitions going forward.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin-headquartered Jazz Pharmaceuticals intends to increase its headcount in Ireland by 10 per cent as it brings to market new drugs to deal with na(...)

‘No treatment exists for HPV infection; therefore the real prospect of its eradication by immunisation offers a significant health gain.’ Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection represents an increasing health burden. Some 540 cases of cancer associated with HPV infection are diagnosed eve(...)

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