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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 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: 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 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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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment