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Experts say the ground-breaking discovery could pave way for routine use of stem cells in medicine

Drug sales hit healthy $1.3bn in a growing market

As Astra’s new chief executive, Pascal Soriot, works out a treatment plan to turn around the struggling drug maker’s business, he is axing nearly 4,000 jobs – including hundreds in the UK – and streamlining research and development. But Astra’s $200m (£130m) new plant in Jiangsu province is still set to open this year.

AstraZeneca executive detained after Chinese police raid Shanghai HQ

Investigators question sales rep for British drugs giant a week after rival Glaxo was accused of bribery

The actress and former ‘Playboy’ covergirl Jenny McCarthy

Is Jenny McCarthy the most dangerous woman on US television?

Yes, if you think it’s wrong to give a woman who campaigns against child vaccinations a spot on America’s top daytime talk show

G20 think tank plans global crackdown on coporate tax avoidance

New global rules to force tax avoiders to “pay their fair share” will be introduced under a 15-point action plan launched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) think tank today. 

The government are planning on selling the state owned NHS plasma supplier to a US private equity firm

A pill that does the exercise for you? Let's hope lazy, overweight people don't take advantage

The problem is that it won't just be used by disabled people. It will also be used by fat people who cannot be bothered to jog. And that bothers me.

Broughton of the RAMC in India

Lives remembered: Jean Broughton

My mother-in-law Jean Broughton, who died on 11 July 2013, was one of the first women doctors to be trained in the UK, at the Royal Free Hospital in London from 1935-41. At the start of the Second World War, she was working in hospitals in the East End of London until she was called up to the Royal Army Medical Corps to serve in India, where she met her husband, Hanns Friedlander, a Viennese doctor who had fled the Nazis.

China pledges to clean up drugs sector after GSK scandal

State Food and Drug Administration declares a six-month clean up campaign

Glaxo boss confesses in Chinese trial by television

One of GlaxoSmithKline’s top executives in China was filmed in a bedraggled state “confessing” to bribery claims at Britain’s biggest drugmaker on Chinese state TV.

Simon Lowth moves from AstraZeneca to BG Group for less pay

BG Group has poached Simon Lowth from AstraZeneca to be its finance director. Mr Lowth, who was interim chief executive of the drug maker last year, is taking a pay cut to move to the FTSE 100 oil and gas company.

Chinese bribery investigation accuses GlaxoSmithLine of being ringleader

Four GSK executives are detained as police investigate bribery scandal

GlaxoSmithKline accused of being 'ringleader' in massive China drug sales bribery scandal

Chinese police today accused GlaxoSmithKline of being the “ringleader” in a massive bribery scandal over drugs sales, involving as many as 700 middlemen and some 3 billion yuan in bribes over the last six years.

The Liverpool Care Pathway is dead, but we must still address how we care for the dying

It is now clear that the "one or two mistakes" were in fact overwhelming problems, but phasing out the LCP still leaves the problems it was created to resolve

Drugs companies have been accused of 'highway robbery' of the NHS by using a legal loophole to push up the price of medicines in some cases by up to 2,000 per cent

NHS hit for millions by overcharging ‘scam’

Drug companies exploit loophole in the law to hike prices by as much as 2,000 per cent

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