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Experts say the ground-breaking discovery could pave way for routine use of stem cells in medicine

GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline accused of deal to delay release of generic versions of anti-depressant drug

OFT says move denied the NHS 'significant' cost savings

Medical researcher, Steven Eaton, who faked cancer data jailed for three months

A man has become the first to be jailed under new scientific safety laws after faking data for a clinical trial which could have endangered cancer victims.

Payout for Astra bosses may spark shareholder storm

AstraZeneca could be heading for a pay storm at its upcoming AGM after the biggest grouping of public-sector pension funds were advised to vote down a remuneration plan that sees the drugmaker’s new chief executive pocket £6.5m after just three months’ work.

Sometimes sky-high prices are worth it - but only in context

When you have little or no opportunity to shop around, it's easy to get ripped-off

Drug firms paid £40m to health professionals

UK-based doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals were given £40m by big pharmaceutical companies in just one year, according to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

UK doctors net £40m in one year from drug companies

UK-based doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals were given £40m by big pharmaceutical companies in just one year, according to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

Drugs firms pay UK medics £40m in just one year

UK-based doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals were given £40 million by big pharmaceutical companies in just one year, figures suggest.

Virginia Soares de Souza, former director of the ICU Evangelical Hospital

Brazilian doctor Virginia Soares de Souza could be more prolific than Harold Shipman if it is proved she killed up to 300 patients to free up beds

De Souza is accused of masterminding a “gang of death” involving several members of her medical team

Always there for Everton: David Moyes with Leighton Baines and Leon Osman

In this year's Budget, George Osborne showed he's committed to the illusions of a Torytopia

It used to be said that the best Chancellors are like snake oil salesman. Alas for this one, he's not too good at selling things. But will it cost him or his party?

More jobs go at AstraZeneca as boss Soriot axes 2300 posts

The new boss of AstraZeneca took the knife to his workforce for the second time in under a week today, axing 2300 of his salesforce and administrator posts and taking the drugmaker’s job losses to more than 11,000 over the past year.

Filtrona wraps up £160m deal

Reckitt Benckiser's former finance director Colin Day has wasted little time in his new role as the chief executive of plastic products supplier Filtrona.

Shake-up at AstraZeneca sees drugs giant slash 700 UK jobs

Chancellor's constituency is hit as company closes R&D facility in Cheshire

Domestic appliances: The coolest status symbol? A fridge

As a status symbol, you might not think that something that keeps your leftovers at a steady temperature would be much cop. Sports cars are a more traditional social signifier (not least of someone trying to convince their peers that they have an enormous… amount of money), as are regular holidays and the resultant tans. But for hundreds of years, having a way to keep food cool, and thus prolong its edibility, was far more show-offy than  a supercar.

Novartis drops 'golden gag' after Swiss public anger

Mounting shareholder anger over executive pay in Switzerland forced drugmaker Novartis today to scrap a Swfr72 million (£50 million) “golden gag” it was proposing to pay its departing chairman.

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