Articles by Ben Hirschler



Bird Flu Vaccine Could Be Ready in '07

  • 27 July 06
  • Reuters
A bird flu vaccine for humans that uses only a very low dose of active ingredient has proved effective in clinical tests and could be mass produced in 2007, its maker, GlaxoSmithKline, said Wednesday.

J&J Purchases Pfizer's Consumer-Health Unit

  • 27 June 06
  • Reuters
Johnson & Johnson agreed to buy Pfizer's consumer health care business for $16.6 billion in cash Monday to increase its lead in the market for nonprescription health products.

AstraZeneca to Buy Biotech Firm CAT

  • 16 May 06
  • Reuters
AstraZeneca is to buy Cambridge Antibody Technology, or CAT, in a deal valuing it at 702 million pounds ($1.3 billion), extending a drive into biological medicines as it looks to restock its depleted drugs pipeline.

Europe Begins Search for a Bird Flu Vaccine

  • 18 October 05
  • Reuters
Europe is ready to expedite approval of a bird flu vaccine, but a preventative shot is unlikely to be available before next year's winter flu season, Europe's top medicines regulator said Monday.

Glaxo Halves Price of AIDS Medicine

  • 29 April 03
  • Reuters
GlaxoSmithKline PLC, the world's largest maker of HIV/AIDS drugs, said Monday it had nearly halved the price of its leading Combivir treatment in poor countries to 90 U.S. cents a day.

Roche Prices HIV Drug at $20,000

  • 25 February 03
  • Reuters
Switzerland's Roche Holding AG on Monday priced its new HIV drug Fuzeon at a record-breaking 18,980 euros ($20,570) a year, fueling controversy about the cost of AIDS treatments.

DeBeers, Alrosa Affirm Partnership, More Loans

C&N to Bid $2.1Bln For Thomson Travel

U.K. Firms to Form Drug Giant

Value of Europe's Internet Stocks Reaches $50Bln

Diamond Cartel Mulls Shift to Luxury Goods

Boeing Passed Over As BA Orders Airbus

Aluminum Merger Talks Eye Savings

Hellenic Buys Coke Bottler for $7Bln

Shell Takes $4.5Bln Charge In Huge Restructuring Plan

Kyrgyzstan Makes Investment Plea

Corruption Impact Felt Globally

Eastern Europe Stocks Beckon

East Europe Drugs Fly High

Investors Are Discovering All of Africa

South Africa Gains by Untangling Firms

De Beers Results Belie Setbacks

De Beers Negotiations Extended

Russia, De Beers Near Deal

DNA Star Witness in O.J. Trial