Swiss company Novartis argued in India’s Supreme Court that it was entitled to a patent for the amended version of cancer drug Glivec because the original compound was not suited to be turned into a pill. Photograph: Reuters

India’s Supreme Court has rejected a plea by Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer Novartis AG to patent an updated version of its cancer drug Gliv(...)

 Prof Tom Collins

A delegation from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) will travel to Bahrain next week to meet government official(...)

Nabeel Rajab outside his home in Manama last year, holding some of the teargas canisters that had been fired into his house. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Medical ethics is apparently too sensitive an issue to discuss in Bahrain following the cancelling of an international conference that was bein(...)

Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières had teamed up with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to organise the cancelled two-day conference in Bahrain to examine “medical ethics and dilemmas in situations of political discord or violence”.

Permission for a conference on medical ethics planned for Bahrain was verbally withdrawn by members of the Bahrain government, medical charity (...)

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