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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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The UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists joins a steadily loudening chorus of organizations calling for the prescription-to-OTC switch of oral contraceptives. 
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Self-Care Medical Devices One Step Closer To Four-Year MDR Extension

Members of the European Parliament will soon decide whether to grant self-care medical devices such as nasal sprays and throat lozenges the same four-year extension as high-risk devices under the new EU Medical Devices Regulation implementation rules. 
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Daily contraceptives and high-dose statins are two OTC categories that have future switch potential, according to UK self-care industry association CEO John Smith. 

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Switzerland’s Ricola Breathes Life Into UK Medicated Confectionery Market

Swiss confectioner Ricola wants to capitalize on a gap in the UK medicated confectionery market with its new Soothe & Clear line. 

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