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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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Resolving Botanicals Deadlock 'Not A Priority' For European Commission

Tensions between industry and the European Commission on the issue of  health claims for botanical food supplements were aired on the second day of the BAH's High Level Conference on the Future of Medicines, with the EC saying the EU Green Deal is now higher up on its list of priorities for the foreseeable future. 

Europe Wellness

Lessons Learned: European Self-Care Industry Will Come Out Of Pandemic Stronger

Europe’s self-care industry has “learned its lessons,” particularly in terms of securing the pharmaceutical ingredient supply chain, and will come out of the coronavirus pandemic stronger, insisted AESGP president Birgit Schuhbauer at the BAH’s High-Level Conference on Future Drug Supply in the European Union.

Europe Health

Atlas Biomed Unlocking Japan’s OTC Market With Direct-To-Consumer DNA And Microbiome Tests

Can Atlas Biomed unlock Japan's self-care market with its direct-to-consumer DNA and microbiome tests? HBW Insight catches up with the company's co-founder and CEO to discuss this and also how Atlas has been driving its European expansion plans despite coronavirus. 

Japan Europe

J&J Leverages Power Of Digital Personalization With Nicorette UK Extension

Johnson & Johnson believes personalization via digital holds the key to smoking cessation success as it launches in the UK its app-supported Nicorette QuickMist SmartTrack product.

United Kingdom Health

Merz Consumer Care Optimistic About Future As German Lockdown Continues

Will the second wave of coronavirus lockdown have the same impact on the European consumer health industry? Speaking exclusively to HBW Insight from Germany, Merz Consumer Care CEO Frank Baldauf thinks not. Recently investing in premium beard care brand Brooklyn Soap and launching its tetesept Formula range in the Netherlands, Merz's Baldauf suggest that there will be less panic buying this time round and the CHC supply chain will hold up under pressure. 

Germany Health

Accelerating The Global Self-Care Agenda: Q&A With GSCF Chair, Bayer CH Head Heiko Schipper

HBW Insight speaks to new Global Self-Care Federation chair and Bayer CH chief Heiko Schipper about the role that self-care can play in alleviating pressure on national health care systems, the importance of self-care's scientific credentials and of maintaining supply chain continuity during the coronavirus pandemic.

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