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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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