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Amgen, Novartis kick off fight for AbbVie blockbuster drug in EU

16 Oct 2018

LONDON Rival versions of the world’s top-selling drug, AbbVie's Humira, went on sale in Europe on Tuesday, years ahead of similar cut-price copies being available in the United States.

Trio wins chemistry Nobel for work on antibody drugs, smart enzymes

04 Oct 2018

STOCKHOLM/LONDON Two Americans and a Briton won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for harnessing the power of evolution to generate novel proteins used in everything from environmentally friendly detergents to cancer drugs. | Video

Impatient patients turn to online 'buyers club' for new drugs

03 Oct 2018

LONDON Frustrated by delays in new medicines reaching their own country, a small but growing number of patients are turning to an online broker that bills itself as a legal version of the Dallas Buyers Club.

Physics Nobel for laser pioneers includes first woman in 55 years

02 Oct 2018

STOCKHOLM/LONDON A trio of American, French and Canadian scientists won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for breakthroughs in laser technology that have turned light beams into precision tools for everything from eye surgery to micro-machining. | Video

GSK resumes some doctor payments, backtracking on blanket ban

02 Oct 2018

LONDON GlaxoSmithKline, which five years ago stopped paying doctors for promoting its drugs, said on Tuesday it would allow such payments once again in limited circumstances.

GSK vaccine success a milestone in TB, but room for improvement

25 Sep 2018

LONDON An experimental GlaxoSmithKline vaccine could prevent tuberculosis developing in half of those who receive it, making it potentially the first new shot against the global killer in a century, researchers said on Tuesday.

AstraZeneca buoyed as Imfinzi cuts lung cancer deaths by a third

25 Sep 2018

LONDON AstraZeneca's immunotherapy drug Imfinzi cut the risk of death in patients with mid-stage lung cancer by nearly a third in a closely watched clinical study, reinforcing the case for using the drug in earlier disease.

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