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David Ridley

Senior Editor – Europe

During his time at OTC bulletin, David focused mainly on the European OTC market, especially German-speaking countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland). David is interested in European OTC, herbal/homeopathic, food supplement and self-care medical device regulation, and prescription-to-OTC switches in particular. Before working for OTC bulletin, David was a Lecturer in English and Journalism, and alongside his job David moonlights as a musician in a heavy metal band.

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Bayer UK Targets Mega-Brand Status For Berocca With Immuno Product Launch

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International Wellness

Novel Lactiplantibacillus Plantarum Probiotic Strain Shows Weight Management Potential – Study

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International Wellness

Haleon’s EMEA Head Filippo Lanzi: There’s More To Innovation Than Rx-To-OTC Switch

Health literacy and natural alternatives are two areas where Haleon's EMEA and LATAM head Filippo Lanzi sees potential for growth, in addition to Rx-to-OTC switch, he tells HBW Insight in an exclusive interview. Lanzi also digs deeper into Haleon's recently published first-half sales and earnings results and shares his thoughts on how the firm will meet the multiple challenges posed by the current social and economic environment. 

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Despite growing by over 10% in the first six months of this year, sales of self-care products through German bricks-and-mortar pharmacy have not returned to 2020 levels. Conversely, the mail order channel continues to grow as consumers shop from home.

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