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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.

ABF vows to continue acquisition spree

Monsanto merger with P&U nears

MONSANTO, THE pharmaceuticals giant and Pharmacia & Upjohn, the Swedish drugmaker, are believed to be close to agreement on a mooted $55bn merger following a series of top level meetings in London over the weekend.

The Investment Column: BTP

BTP, THE speciality chemicals business which makes the ingredients for Viagra, has been giving itself something of a makeover. Steve Hannam, chief executive, says his transformation of the group into a focused fine chemicals company is complete. But yesterday's results contained some nasty surprises in the continuing businesses.

The Player: Tom McKillop, chief executive of AstraZeneca: Creating the right chemistry

PERSONAL DETAILS: Aged 56. Lives in Cheshire and London. Drives a Jaguar XK8. Paid a total of pounds 511,000 in 1998, before he became chief executive of AstraZeneca. The basic salary was pounds 410,000. His hobbies include sport, reading, carpentry and music.

The Investment Column: Flood of info from AstraZeneca fails to ease Losec indigestion

AS IS TO be expected of any D-Day, AstraZeneca's R&D day involved a heavy information bombardment. Unfortunately, the blizzard of information failed to put a rocket under City forecasts for the drugs giant, and the company failed to make a convincing case for its key gastrointestinal franchise.

Agrochemical hype fails to impress City

A BLAZE of hype around the creation of the world's first dedicated agrochemicals company, with a likely value of pounds 10bn, failed to convince the City that the plan would transform the fortunes of its founder drugs companies, AstraZeneca and Novartis.

AstraZeneca to disappoint with limited information on ulcer drug

ASTRAZENECA, the Anglo-Swedish drugs group, is to disappoint investors at its long-awaited research and development day next week when it releases less information than expected on esomeprazole, the anti-ulcerant aimed at insulating the company from forthcoming patent expiries.

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Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

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