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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.

AstraZeneca mulls agrochemicals sale ochemicals sale

ASTRAZENECA, the UK's third largest pharmaceuticals company, is considering the disposal of its agrochemicals business, which is responsible for its controversial research into genetically modified foods. The pounds 40bn company said it was reviewing all options for the division after global crop prices had sunk to historic lows.

Outlook: AstraZeneca takes the slimming pill

FOR A long time Astra and Zeneca were the two wallflowers of the pharmaceutical industry's mating game until they too decided that big was beautiful after all. However, since their nuptials in the spring, the happy couple have turned into the incredible shrinking drugs company.

GM maize is found in baby foods

THE US baby-food giant, Gerber, is rethinking its buying strategy after the environmental organisation, Greenpeace, discovered GM maize in its children's cereal products and made its findings public. The company said it will buy only "organic" maize from now on and will use the absence of GM grains as a marketing aid.

Market Report: Scottish Power loses spark on US bid fears

SCOTTISH POWER lost its spark yesterday as bearish rumours over its mega-acquisition of a US rival left the stock in the dark.

SmithKline cool on Novartis tie-up

SMITHKLINE BEECHAM yesterday played down suggestions that it is seeking a pounds 110bn merger with Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceutical group.

Modified corn on sale in UK 'kills' life-saving antibiotics

GM CORN sold in Britain could render eight powerful antibiotics, used by doctors to fight fatal diseases including typhoid, pneumonia and infections suffered by Aids patients, useless within half an hour.

Massive sell-off puts squeeze on Orange

Market Report

Going Down: Zeneca

ZENECA GROUP said it completed its $40bn (pounds 24.8bn) takeover of Sweden's Astra, creating the world's biggest drugmaker, after Astra shareholders voted to approve its all-share offer. The shares fell more than 8 per cent.

Outlook: Glaxo Wellcome

THE DECISIVE manner in which Sir John is building his oil empire contrasts starkly with the series of abortive merger attempts made by Glaxo Wellcome's Sir Richard Sykes. First he failed to tie the knot with SmithKline Beecham after falling out with Jan Leschley on the way up the aisle. Now his overtures to an an American bride, Bristol Myers Squibb, have come to nought.

Food: Secret deal with GM firms denied

Parliament

Secret deal will ban GM crops until 2002

GENETICALLY MODIFIED crops are to be banned for three years under a landmark deal being secretly negotiated between the Government and biotechnology companies. After weeks of confidential talks, ministers are poised to announce a breakthrough. Seed companies will agree to a voluntary freeze on growing GM crops in Britain until at least the year 2002.

Nasal spray sent publisher wild

A MAGAZINE publisher has been given the go-ahead to sue a drugs company for pounds 5m after he claimed an experimental nasal spray dramatically increased his sex drive and sent him temporarily mad.

Smoking is still so cool

How can it be that the weed is winning despite everything we know about its pernicious effect?

'Blair is wrong on GM food'

Exclusive poll shows extent of public unease

Skye boosted by US approval

SKYEPHARMA, the drug delivery group, is set to near-double sales in 1999 after US regulators approved its new version of SmithKline Beecham's best-selling anti-depressant Paxil.
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