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US aerospace giant Boeing has unveiled a record $10 billion (£6.1 billion) share buyback and 50 per cent hike in the dividend.

Big pharma and the business of HIV/AIDS

Antiretrovirals have been a lucrative product for the world's biggest drugs companies

Amy Jenkins: Don't give women pills for conditions that don't exist

What's so great about sex? It's nice but so is chocolate, sneezing, uproarious laughter.

Female sexual dysfunction 'was invented by drugs industry'

Female sexual dysfunction – which is claimed to affect up to two thirds of women – is a disorder invented by the pharmaceutical industry to build global markets for drugs to treat it, it is claimed today.

Scientists identify faulty gene link to migraines

Migraine sufferers were offered new hope today after researchers identified a faulty gene responsible for the debilitating headaches.

Big pharma kisses its blockbuster years goodbye

Industry giants are facing major new challenges as patents run out on many of the drugs that have kept them in clover. Deirdre Hipwell reports

'Sickies' cost the country £2.5bn a year

Workers took an average of six and a half days off sick last year, the lowest on record, new research showed today.

Number of staff 'throwing sickies' from work falls to a 23-year low

British workers collectively took 180 million days off work last year, costing the economy almost £17bn – but the figure was the lowest for 23 years.

Think oblique: How our goals are best reached indirectly

In business, in mountaineering and even in the pursuit of happiness, the most direct route isn't always best. Economist John Kay makes the case for obliquity

NHS watchdog is winning the price war with drug companies

Manufacturers forced to negotiate cost deals to gain approval for cancer medicine

Drug firms' collaboration pools HIV treatments

ViiV Healthcare, an unusual collaboration between GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, two of the world’s biggest drugs companies, was launched today with a mandate to pool the two firms’ HIV treatments.

Pfizer fined record $1.3bn for illegal marketing

Pfizer has been slapped with the largest criminal fine in US history, part of a $2.3bn (£1.4bn) settlement over illegal marketing practices for a string of prescription drugs.

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