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 •  April 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...