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Retailer has recalled more medicines as a precaution after a possible manufacturing fault was identified

NHS told to end culture of overprescribing

NHS patients are being prescribed too many drugs with detrimental effects on their health and the loss of millions of pounds from the health budget, the head of Britain's drug safety regulator has said.

The Business On... David Brennan, CEO, AstraZeneca

Not a happy chemist?

Boots to open second 'drive through' chemist

Boots is to expand its drive-through pharmacy format following a successful trial in Colchester.

The English Opium Eater, By Robert Morrison

Though he wrote much else of great interest, by far the best-known work by Thomas De Quincey (1785-1857) is Confessions of an English Opium Eater. The book that made his name when published in 1822 retains its potency due to both his accessible prose and its subject matter, so relevant in our own intoxicated era.

All drugs should be legalised to beat dealers, says former minister

All illicit substances, including heroin and cocaine, should be legalised, according to a former drugs minister who will today become the most senior politician to push for a dramatic change in the strategy for tackling Britain's drug problems.

Chemical romance: How did chemists become the greatest force in fragrance?

Few perfumes are crafted by hand in a dusty atelier. Instead, they come to life in the lab.

Ultimate Christmas gift guide: Part two

In the second part of our bumper gift guide, Eliisa Makin picks out the perfect fashion and beauty presents for all the family.

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Asda set to create 7,500 jobs through expansion plans

Supermarket giant Asda today announced plans to create more than 7,500 jobs in the UK next year.

NHS trust defends teen contraceptive scheme

A scheme launched today to allow girls as young as 13 to receive the contraceptive pill without their parents' knowledge has been defended by the NHS primary care trust running the service.

Consuming Issues: Competition means friendlier faces at the tills

One of the good things about getting old – though I won't be getting a free bus pass for decades – is that you can compare how things used to be and how they are now, and one of the most pleasing developments has been a revolution in customer service.

Painkiller that changes form once it's inside the body

The name "codeine" comes from the Greek word kodeia, meaning "poppy head". It has been traditionally prepared from the opium poppy for many centuries and it was first isolated as a discrete chemical compound in 1832 by the French chemist and pharmacist Pierre Robiquet.

Huge fine for chemist in crystal meth scandal

The largest retail chemist in the US has agreed to pay a record civil fine after the government said its shops had served as a key link in drug trafficking chains in California and possibly elsewhere by selling uncontrolled quantities of a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

James Moore: No, we shouldn't move on: UBS is the latest bank to let former execs off the hook

Outlook Jérôme Kerviel must be choking on his croissants this morning. While he's facing a lengthy jail term for his rogue trading at SocGen, the boys who nearly bust UBS, once the pride of Switzerland's financial services industry, are getting off scot-free.

Alliance Boots to cut 900 non-store jobs

Alliance Boots is to shed 900 non-store-based jobs in the UK over the next three years. The chemist and pharmaceuticals wholesaler, which owns Boots, said the cuts would slash its annual operating costs by about £56m by 2013-14.

Jean Samuel: Auschwitz survivor who featured in Primo Levi's Holocaust masterpiece 'This Is A Man'

Jean Samuel lived through and survived some of the very worst tortures of the Nazi Holocaust.

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Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

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Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

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Bread from heaven

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