Karen Keely with her partner Kevin and her three adult sons Lee, Lorcan and Harry, who have birth defects after she was prescribed Epilim throughout her pregnancies. Photograph: Alan Betson

An Irish woman has given evidence at a hearing in London about the harmful effects of an epilepsy drug on her children. Karen Keely, from the Foetal (...)

Irish officials  criticised the fact that those working in European institutions were disenfranchised from Irish elections, unlike Irish diplomats living abroad. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Irish officials working in the EU institutions have sharply responded to the Government’s attempt to elicit their support as part of Ireland’s effort (...)

Ireland  has seen some €10bn   invested here in the last decade by biopharmaceutical and biologics businesses

It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow someone some good, but for EU states Brexit has few upsides. One real prize, probably the biggest, is the chance to(...)

Gardasil: the human papilloma virus vaccine protects against cervical and other forms of cancer. Photograph: Voisin/Phanie/Rex/Shutterstock

Almost 650 girls in Ireland reported requiring medical intervention or treatment after receiving the HPV vaccine, according to data collected by the S(...)

Translarna annual cost is  €411,000 per patient. Photograph: PA Wire

A US drugs firm has begun legal action against the Health Service Executive for refusing to fund the treatment of two young boys with a rare genetic c(...)

 Members of the Alpha-1 Action Group protesting outside the offices of the HSE in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Julien Behal

Pharmaceutical manufacturer CSL Behring has decided to extend a compassionate use programme for its Respreeza drug in the State after the company came(...)

Gardasil is the vaccine used in the vaccination programme for girls in their first year of secondary school. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

What is HPV? The human papilloma virus is a group of more than 200 viruses. Most people who will get a HPV infection will do so through sexual activi(...)

A new treatment for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will not be made available in the Republic, the HSE has decided.

A new treatment for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will not be made available in the Republic, the Health Service Executive has decided. M(...)

Dr Ruairi Friel, CEO of Westway Health, the NUI Galway spin-out which is taking on the global challenge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

Researchers based in Galway are working with a substance they believe may become a game changer in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It(...)

UK Brexit secretary David Davis. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Patients are at risk of not having access to potentially life saving drugs if Britain and the European Union fail to agree ongoing co-operation in the(...)

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