Virus may spark ‘devastating’ global condom shortage

A global condom shortage is looming as the coronavirus pandemic shutters factories and disrupts supply chains, the world’s top maker of the contraceptives said, with the United Nations warning of “devastating” consequences. Over half of humanity has been confined to their homes as the highly contagious virus marches round the…

Roche to buy US gene therapy group Spark for $4.3 bn

Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche said Monday it reached a deal worth $4.3 billion (3.7 billion euros) to buy US group Spark Therapeutics, which specialises in the development of gene therapy drugs. Roche said the deal was approved by the boards of both companies, offering $114.50 a share, a premium to…