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Cough and cold sufferers are being urged to check their medicines after a manufacturing fault may have led to small pieces of plastic contaminating some batches, health officials have said.

A poster reading '1:12' (R) hangs next to a poster with a slogan in German reading: 'Stop con atists - yes!'

Swiss voters reject '1:12' proposal to cap top executives’ pay in latest referendum

Swiss voters today overwhelmingly defeated a proposal to limit the pay of top executives to 12 times the wages of their lowliest employees.

The NHS will not give meningitis B vaccine to all the UK's children as a matter of course

NHS will not give meningitis B vaccine to all UK's children

Government’s immunisation advisors say the jab is 'highly unlikely to be cost effective'

Kamal Ahmad, 68, who is suffering from throat cancer, gets help from a relative to drink tea through his nose outside Tata cancer hospital in Mumbai, India

Celebration for patients after India’s landmark ruling against Swiss drug giant Novartis means millions can afford generic medicines

For Sourabh Ghosh, it was nothing less than a matter of life or death.

Indian court refuses to grant patent to drugs manufacturer in landmark case that could keep life-saving medicine affordable

Health activists have welcomed a decision by India’s highest court not to grant a patent to a drugs manufacturer in a case campaigners say will help safeguard the ability of people around the world to afford life-saving medicine.

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.

Cost fears for Meningitis B lifesaver

A vaccine against meningitis B that could save thousands of lives has been licensed in the UK and Europe, it was announced yesterday.

Cancer cells: New treatment offers hope

Cells from patients' own blood spur cancer remissions

Nine leukemia patients are cancer-free after being treated with genetically-altered versions of their own immune cells, giving strength to a promising new approach for treating the blood cancer.

The meningitis bacterium lives harmlessly in the noses and throats of one in 10 people

Green light for vital meningitis vaccine that could save the lives of countless children

Hundreds of children’s lives will be saved - if the NHS can afford to give new jab to babies

Anti-blindness drug Avastin 'could save NHS £84m a year'

An anti-blindness injection that a rival drugs manufacturer wants to prevent the NHS from using could save the health service £84m a year.

Drugs firm takes cost conscious doctors to court

Independent experts have condemned the Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis for trying to force the NHS to buy an expensive drug to treat patients suffering from a degenerative eye disease, rather than using a cheaper, unlicensed alternative.

Novartis to shed 2,000 global jobs

Novartis has announced plans to cut around 2,000 jobs, with its Swiss and US operations bearing the brunt of the move.

Small Talk: The engineers who are building human tissue

The possible discovery of flowing water on Mars is yet another example of how science fiction is becoming science fact. And it's not just in outer space.

MS campaigners seek drug re-think

Health campaigners have expressed disappointment after the medicines watchdog rejected the first pill to treat multiple sclerosis.

Small Talk: Patsystems extends its reach with deal to buy US-based Mixit

The market for exchange traded derivatives – which are different from the over-the-counter variety traded directly between two parties – has seen strong growth in recent times. Earlier this year, a report from the World Federation of Exchanges, an industry association whose membership features 52 exchanges around the world, showed that, despite the impact of the global financial crisis, trading in derivatives on regulated exchanges surged by 25 per cent in 2010.

Market Report: Reckitt Benckiser rises on bid battle hopes

As the top-tier index moved above the 6,000-point level for the first time in nearly eight weeks, Reckitt Benckiser was pushed forwards last night after the re-emergence of speculation that the Cillit Bang manufacturer could be in line for an approach.

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