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Healthcare potential: the MSD facility in Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pharma giant MSD – known in the US as Merck – is to expand its clinical trials programme in Ireland. The company, which employs about 1,800 people in (...)

‘If we are to move forward we need to acknowledge the positive outputs that we have, as we also recognise things that we need to address,’ Minister for Health Simon Harris said at launch of a survey on attitudes to health services in Ireland

There is too much negativity surrounding the health service in Ireland, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Speaking at the launch of a surv(...)

The IT Sligo course offered only to GSK employees and is fully funded by the company has been running since 2013. Photograph: PA Wire

Third-level colleges are working more closely all the time with industry to provide graduates with specific skills. Upskilling existing employees in (...)

Cystic fibrosis  campaigner said the decision to reject Orkambi  on cost effectiveness grounds was  disappointing.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Cystic fibrosis patients have expressed disappointment after a “game-changing” drug was rejected on cost effectiveness grounds. Orkambi, which greatl(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris asked for a report this week on the HSE deliberations on new cancer drugs. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The HSE is expected to make a new cancer drug available free to patients with melanoma. Pembrolizumab should be included in the State drugs scheme fo(...)

Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb is to provide a life-saving new cancer drug on a compassionate basis to Irish patients for another month. File photograph: Getty Images

The makers of a life-saving new cancer drug are to provide it on a compassionate basis to Irish patients for another month. Pharmaceutical giant Bris(...)

Difficult decisions about funding new developments in healthcare have always existed. Medical breakthroughs are welcome and will continue to pose fund(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: With so many new, expensive treatments in the pipeline, there was  a need for a “serious look” at public policy on the issue of rising drug costs, he said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris has appealed to pharmaceutical companies to make life-saving cancer drugs available to patients on a compassionate ba(...)

Alan Massey, process operator at the MSD site in Ballydine, Co Tipperary: the pharma giant’s Irish operations now help to produce more than 60% of its top 20 global products

MSD, one of the biggest pharma companies in Ireland, is creating 200 new jobs at its manufacturing sites in Carlow, Cork and Tipperary. Some 110 of (...)

Effective Software raised funding from AIB’s Start Up Accelerator Fund through ACT Venture Capital, with some participation from the Boole and Bloom investment syndicates and existing investors.

Irish technology company Effective Software is planning to expand following a successful funding round in which it raised €1 million. The company, whi(...)

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