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EPA takes steps to prevent herbicide resistance in weeds

22 October 2014 Business

US Agency approves spray for resistant engineered crops, but with restrictions and time limit

AbbVie backs out of Shire deal

17 October 2014 Business

Treasury rule changes make inversion ‘too uncertain’ and remove financial benefits

Indian manufacturers hit back over quality claims

17 October 2014 Business

Study showing drugs exported to Africa are substandard prompts backlash from generic drugmakers

Bio-based chemicals on the rise in US

16 October 2014 Business

Government predicts 10% of chemicals market will be renewable by 2015

Endo outbids QLT for Auxilium merger

10 October 2014 Business

Biotech backs out of Canadian deal in favour of increased $2.6bn bid from Endo

EMA finalises trial transparency rules

8 October 2014 Business

Researcher access reinstated, but company redaction rights may cause issues

Actavis boosts antibiotics with Durata buyout

8 October 2014 Business

$820 million deal gives Actavis control of newly-approved intravenous antibiotic

US tax changes ripple into merger deals

8 October 2014 Business

Efforts to curb tax-avoiding ‘inversion’ deals will slow, but not stop, the wave

Becton Dickinson to buy CareFusion for $12bn

7 October 2014 Business

Medical devices merger continues consolidation trend

J&J to buy antiviral specialist Alios

1 October 2014 Business

$1.75 billion deal brings Phase II compounds for hepatitis C and respiratory syncytial virus

Dow’s $1bn price-fixing fine upheld

1 October 2014 Business

Firm loses its appeal against damages for fixing polyurethane prices

Lumara splits and sells to AMAG and Perrigo

30 September 2014 Business

Lumara has just emerged from bankruptcy and brings a drug for suppressing pre-term birth, plus other women’s health products

Mitsubishi to buy Japanese gases specialist

30 September 2014 Business

Taiyo Nippon Sanso acquisition continues consolidation in Japan’s chemical industry

Merck KGaA to buy Sigma–Aldrich

26 September 2014 Business

$17bn acquisition expands Merck’s life science business and US presence, but it isn’t stepping back from drug development

India backs off drug pricing controls

25 September 2014 Business

Current price caps will stand, but rules on how new caps can be imposed are being tightened

GSK fined £300 million for China corruption

25 September 2014 Business

Several top executives jailed or deported

Review says cheaper drug is safe for eye disease

24 September 2014 Business

Cochrane collaboration says side effects of expensive Lucentis and off-label Avastin are similar

Gilead licenses generic hepatitis C drug in India

23 September 2014 Business

Company aims to head off competition and grab a slice of royalties

Bayer to sever polymer arm

23 September 2014 Business

German chemical giant’s exit from the materials world will help fund its crop and healthcare ambitions

US drops restrictions on more GM seeds

22 September 2014 Business

Dow's herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans spark renewed criticism from environmental campaigners

US pushes for global phase-out of HFCs

19 September 2014 Business

Executive actions and industry commitments aim to speed up adoption of alternatives to hydrofluorocarbon greenhouse gases in refrigeration and air conditioning

Freeing a world of fixers

16 September 2014 Business

Company profile: Sugru mouldable silicone rubber lets you mend what’s broken and hack stuff better

Eastman snaps up Taminco for $2.8bn

12 September 2014 Business

Purchase will strengthen Eastman in niche markets and offers cost savings

Pharma sales ‘will reach $1 trillion’ in 2014

11 September 2014 Business

Report predicts continued growth as sales reach an all-time high

Growth slow for European chemicals in 2014

10 September 2014 Business

Results for the first half held back by stagnant sales and production dips