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 •  February 13

Scientists trawling through thousands of soil samples have discovered a whole new class of antibiotics capable of killing drug-resistant bacteria. The chemical, which has been called malacidin, appears to be non-toxic in humans and effective in tackling the hospital superbug MRSA, raising hopes that it could be used to develop a new...

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 •  December 27, 2017

The cost of a vital cancer drug has gone up 15-fold in four years after its new owner hiked prices on nine separate occasions. Lomustine has been used to treat brain tumours, lung cancer and Hodgkin’s lymphoma for more than 40 years but is now seen by some patients as too expensive. In 2013, production of the drug, which was previously called...

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 •  November 24, 2017

Drug company Concordia uses for its name a Latin word that translates as ‘of one heart’ and its website is splattered with smiling patients from around the world. “More than 200 products reaching a diverse population in over 90 countries. We are Concordia International,” the Canadian outfit declares in one of those mission statement things big...

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 •  April 14, 2017

Leaked internal emails appear to show employees at one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies calling for “celebration” over price hikes of cancer drugs, an investigation has revealed. Staff at Aspen Pharmacare reportedly plotted to destroy stocks of life-saving medicines during a price dispute with the Spanish health service in...

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 •  March 25, 2017

Britain can slash Brussels regulations on clinical trials for new drugs and on building near protected wildlife habitats now that it is leaving the European Union, Michael Gove has said. The Tory MP and former cabinet minister, who was a key figure in the Brexit campaign, said the pledge to “take back control” could allow Britain to scrap “absurd”...

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 •  February 14, 2017

The world’s first transplant of a “dead heart” has taken place in Australia, where doctors say that the surgical technique could significantly increase the number of potential donor organs. The heart had stopped beating, and instead of being chilled after removal from the donor, it was revived and kept warm by a specialised procedure to keep it...

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 •  February 14, 2017

Scientists have created the first functional organ in a living animal from reprogrammed cells in a development that could one day be used to provide replacement organs for people with weakened immune systems. The thymus organ, a vital immune-system “nerve centre” near the heart, was initially grown in a laboratory from connective-tissue cells. It...

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 •  February 14, 2017

Takeover fever is set to grip the pharmaceutical sector once again this week with London-listed Shire poised to begin formal takeover talks with US rival Baxalta in a deal that could top $30bn (£20bn). The industry has been a hotbed of activity in recent months with the Anglo-Irish drug company Shire almost merging with AbbVie last year and...

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 •  February 14, 2017

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 – at a cost to the taxpayer of tens of millions a year. At least 15 drugs have substantially increased in price after being “flipped” from one firm to another, according to information...

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 •  February 14, 2017

Viagra can now be prescribed on the NHS to all men suffering from impotence after the expiry of the pill’s patent last year led to the development of cheap generic versions of the drug. Before this month only those who suffered from impotence as a side effect of illness or had been assessed by a specialist could be prescribed Viagra, but now...