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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.

New margarine cuts cholesterol, but price may cause a coronary

A REVOLUTIONARY "nutraceutical" food - designed to actively lower the body's cholesterol level and reduce the risk of heart attacks by up to 30 per cent - is to go on sale in Britain next year.

Market Report: Safeway puts Footsie on a lean diet

SAFEWAY, the supermarket chain where profits are under pressure, fell 6.5p to 276p, uncomfortably close to the 12-month low. Half-year profits are due today and they are expected to be disappointing: say, 17 per cent down at pounds 190m. For the year the market has pencilled in pounds 360m, which would represent a near-pounds 20m increase on last year but below the pounds 400m of earlier times.

Rhone/Hoechst drug deal close

RHoNE-POULENC of France and Hoechst of Germany are understood to be close to agreeing a pounds 26bn merger, creating one of Europe's most powerful pharmaceutical companies.

After Dolly, PPL to work on pigs

After Dolly, PPL to work on pigs

Novartis profits

NOVARTIS, the world's largest healthcare company, said first-half earnings rose 14 per cent as rising income from investments more than offset stagnant operating profits. The company said it will sell low-margin nutrition brands to raise profitability.

pounds 20m delay to skin product

A REGULATORY setback over a foot treatment made from babies' foreskins will cost Smith & Nephew pounds 20m over the next two years, the healthcare group revealed yesterday.

Safety fears grow over pig transplants

DOCTORS have warned that the public could be put at risk by animal- to-human organ transplants, despite the latest attempts to devise strict guidelines limiting the practice.

Swiss vote for genetic research

SWITZERLAND'S mighty pharmaceutical industry was breathing more easily last night after Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to ban the patenting and production of genetically altered plants and animals.

MP warns Labour of 'the new sleaze'

LABOUR'S plans to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds through sponsorship this year amount to "the new sleaze," one of its MPs has told an inquiry.

Pharmed animals go to market

Pharmaceutical firms could soon be making a fortune from cloning, writes Charles Arthur

SmithKline Beecham set for record pounds 77bn merger with US pharmaceut icals giant

SmithKline Beecham, the UK pharmaceutical giant, yesterday revealed it was in merger talks with American Home Products, in a move which could lead to the creation of a pounds 77bn healthcare and drugs giant. Andrew Yates in London and David Usborne in New York contemplate the prospect of the biggest deal ever seen in corporate history.

Crunch weekend for new quitters

...and the pounds 50m quitting trade. Ian Burrell on help for 1 January 's ex-smokers

Politics: Labour wants funding inquiry to be widened

Sir Patrick Neill's inquiry into political funding should cover commercial sponsorship of party events, Labour said last night, after MPs complained of firms "trying to buy favours" without actually giving cash. Fran Abrams looks at the growing list of firms prepared to hand out canapes to politicians.

Stanford set for drug trial boost

Stanford Rook is expected to release positive results of a big clinical trial for its tuberculosis drug on Tuesday - a large step towards a market worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

Bioglan Pharma plans pounds 200m float next year

Bioglan Pharma, one of the UK's oldest and most profitable pharmaceutical companies, plans a pounds 200m float on the main stock market next year.
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