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Sanofi adds WPP to creative roster in agency review

Sanofi adds WPP to creative roster in agency review

Public Health England puts consumer account held by Freuds out to GCS roster

Public Health England puts consumer account held by Freuds out to GCS roster

Freud Communications faces a competitive pitch against other firms on the Government's Campaign Solutions roster to retain its long-held and prized comms brief with Public Health England.

Jackson joins Portland to lead US health offering

Jackson joins Portland to lead US health offering

He is a veteran of Spectrum, Chandler Chicco, and Ketchum, among other shops.

Johnson & Johnson in breach of UK drugs rules over Nicorette marketing

Johnson & Johnson in breach of UK drugs rules over Nicorette marketing

Johnson & Johnson has breached the UK drug regulation code in three places in promotions for smoking cessation product Nicorette.

In brief: Freshwater boards with train firm, Merck appoints WA, new wins for Perowne and Azalea

In brief: Freshwater boards with train firm, Merck appoints WA, new wins for Perowne and Azalea

Freshwater on board with train manufacturer, Tenerife Golf tees off with Azalea, Merck appoints WA and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Freeview picks Little Red Rooster, PLMR hires ex-Tory MP, Wildfire wins Cello

Freeview picks Little Red Rooster, PLMR hires ex-Tory MP Neil Carmichael, TV maker appoints Wildfire, Zyme relocates, and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Ballou hired for Samsung NEXT launch, new PR lead at 90Ten, Aberfield's brownfield brief, Whiteoaks wins Ecrebo

In brief: Ballou hired for Samsung NEXT launch, new PR lead at 90Ten, Aberfield's brownfield brief, Whiteoaks wins Ecrebo

Ballou hired for Samsung NEXT launch, new PR leads at 90Ten, brownfield development win for Aberfield, and more from PRWeek UK.

Huntsworth Health CEO Matheson departs after eight years

Huntsworth Health CEO Matheson departs after eight years

The CEO of Huntsworth's biggest and fastest-growing unit Huntsworth Health, which includes Nitrogen and Tonic Life, has departed after eight years.

Boots 'truly sorry' for chief pharmacist's morning-after pill comments

Boots 'truly sorry' for chief pharmacist's morning-after pill comments

Pharmacy giant Boots has apologised after its chief pharmacist Marc Donovan said the company might "incentivise inappropriate use" of emergency contraception by lowering its price.

Hijacked by shampoo or an increasingly relevant place for PR to shine? Experts dissect Lions Health at Cannes

Hijacked by shampoo or an increasingly relevant place for PR to shine? Experts dissect Lions Health at Cannes

The Lions Health festival celebrated its fourth birthday this year. With the sun of southern France now a distant memory, we ask four people whether the newest addition to the Cannes schedule is gaining traction and respect in its specialised but lucrative target audience.

Havas acquires health comms agency founded by Tonic Life duo

Havas acquires health comms agency founded by Tonic Life duo

Havas Group is acquiring SO What Global, a UK-based health and lifestyle comms agency founded by the duo who previously set up Tonic Life.

Ketchum UK health lead joins independent agency 90Ten to lead med ed

Ketchum UK health lead joins independent agency 90Ten to lead med ed

Fast-growing health comms agency 90Ten has appointed Alison Doughty, latterly the head of healthcare in Ketchum's London office, to lead its medical education offering.

Huntsworth buys 260-strong health group TCEG for £24.7m and signals US ambition

Huntsworth buys 260-strong health group TCEG for £24.7m and signals US ambition

Huntsworth has acquired WRG owner The Creative Engagement Group (TCEG) from private equiry firm LDC for a total of £24.7m, in a move to bolster its offering in the healthcare sector and the US market.

'Shocking' promotions of cosmetic procedures lead to calls for regulation and industry code of practice

'Shocking' promotions of cosmetic procedures lead to calls for regulation and industry code of practice

The author of a major report from a medical think-tank has said she is "shocked" by some methods used by companies to market cosmetic treatments and "bombard" social media users with messages.

Tonic Life boss Tierney quits for role in Cohn & Wolfe UK health unit

Tonic Life boss Tierney quits for role in Cohn & Wolfe UK health unit

Tamsin Tierney has joined Cohn & Wolfe as deputy MD of its UK healthcare operation, after three-and-a-half years at independent agency Tonic Life.

Opinion and features

Is PR a young person's game? At just the wrong side of 35, I prefer to think not

Is PR a young person's game? At just the wrong side of 35, I prefer to think not

Is PR a youngsters' game? It's a question that plays on my mind - especially since becoming a mum.

Drugmakers test Tumblr to reach specific audiences

Drugmakers test Tumblr to reach specific audiences

Given the small number of Tumblr-based programs, pharma and agency execs generally don't have a lot to say about the platform and its uses to date. Indeed, the typical response when queried about Tumblr was something along the lines of "Yes, Tumblr is definitely a thing I have heard things about."

Does having ADHD make you a PR-oblem child?

Does having ADHD make you a PR-oblem child?

ADHD is still a topic of hushed discussion amongst many and there are multiple reasons people are simply happier to avoid the chat than discuss it openly.

'Returnships' are a way to stem the haemorrhage of senior talent in PR

'Returnships' are a way to stem the haemorrhage of senior talent in PR

There is a problem with the talent supply chain, but parents returning from the 'PR Bermuda Triangle' can be the solution.

Isn't it time PRs stop beating themselves up and face up to bullies?

Isn't it time PRs stop beating themselves up and face up to bullies?

There's a much-laboured impression that journalists don't respect PR agents - that PRs are time wasters whose pitches are unprepared, unfocused and unwanted.

Cut out the clutter for content that counts

Cut out the clutter for content that counts

If you are a regular cinema-goer you are likely to be familiar with the experience of watching a film that is so overloaded with ideas, plot-lines and characters that you leave feeling exhausted.

Agency Doctor: Good leaders are made, not born

Agency Doctor: Good leaders are made, not born

You're so good at your job that you get promoted to a role beyond your experience and skills. Don't panic, though - you can learn to lead well.

There is no 'silly season' in healthcare comms

There is no 'silly season' in healthcare comms

There will be no 'silly season' for healthcare comms this summer, as NHS changes mean there is an ever-greater need to support patient advocates.

Too much brand, not enough content: Five lessons from my PRWeek Awards judging experience

Too much brand, not enough content: Five lessons from my PRWeek Awards judging experience

As this piece is published, around 100 of the industry's leading players are gathering to judge this year's PRWeek UK Awards; always an energetic and enjoyable day.

Recent healthcare people moves

In brief: Dental group fills comms role, wins for WPR, PHA and Cow, Acceleris bags ex-Costcutter PR man

Dental group fills comms vacancy, WPR wins b2b work, Acceleris bags ex-Costcutter PR man and more from PRWeek UK.

More leadership changes at Grayling: U.S. CFO Tony Cofone exits

More leadership changes at Grayling: U.S. CFO Tony Cofone exits

Cofone's position was cut as part of Huntsworth's plan to consolidate IT, HR, and finance to drive efficiencies across its business.

Grayling U.S. CEO Peter Harris to depart at end of August

Grayling U.S. CEO Peter Harris to depart at end of August

Paul Taaffe, CEO of Grayling parent Huntsworth, will act as U.S. CEO; Harris plans to set up his own consultancy.

WE hires new heads of tech and consumer in UK as Meredith Lynch returns to US

WE hires new heads of tech and consumer in UK as Meredith Lynch returns to US

WE Communications' EMEA vice president Meredith Lynch is returning to her native US for a new role with the firm, as the agency promotes two London staffers for local practice head position.