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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.

S&N remains comparatively dull

The Investment Column

Huntingdon faces US test

Huntingdon Life Sciences, the animal testing group which faces losing its UK licence following a Home Office investigation into animal cruelty, will come under new pressure in the US on Monday.

Cortecs in brittle bone advance

Cortecs International yesterday took a step closer to launching the world's first pill for brittle bone disease. Shares in the drug delivery and diagnostics group jumped 10 per cent to 268.5p after it announced positive results from an eagerly awaited study on its osteoporosis treatment, Macritonin.

Blood clot risk from HRT

Women on hormone replacement therapy face an increased risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs during their first year of treatment, a study reveals today. The risk is highest during the first six months when a woman using HRT is four or five times more likely to suffer clots than a non-user. This falls to a three-fold greater risk after six months. After a year, the risk to HRT users is no more than it is for non-users.

Shire buys US drugs delivery firm for pounds 105m

Shire Pharmaceuticals, the small group floated a year ago, is to increase its size by more than two-thirds following a deal to pay up to $170m (pounds 105m) for Pharmavene, a US drugs delivery company based in Maryland.

The Investment column: Medeva's big gamble should pay off

Shareholders in Medeva have suffered a stomach-churning voyage over the years, but signs that the drugs group has been steering a steadier course have grown much clearer of late. Market concerns have centred on methylphenidate, the generic form of Ritalin, the controversial treatment for unruly children made by Novartis. It is thought to have represented over two-thirds of group profits in the past, but Medeva's 70 per cent market share could be under attack from three competitors by next year, with Johnson Matthey potentially ready to enter the market with a rival product as early as this summer.

And so to bed: Ovaltine heads for disposal

Drugs group plans pounds 3bn sell-off of non-core brands

Why good names mean a good deal

Against the background of agreeing valuations, harmonising management structures, squaring the regulators and sugaring the pill of job losses, the subject of corporate identity might seem the last of anybody's concerns when it comes to mergers and acquisitions.

Doc swaps stethoscope for a pounds 50bn briefcase

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Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz to merge into pounds 40bn giant

Pharmaceutical fusion: Biggest merger in history will create `Novartis', the world's second-largest drugs group, while bid spotlight turns on Zeneca
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