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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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WHO Support A Game-Changer For Emerging Global Self-Care Movement, Resolution 'Likely'

Working alongside the consumer healthcare industry, the Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU) is helping to build a global self-care movement that makes a World Health Organization resolution "very likely" in the next few years, says director Austen El-Osta.

International Health

AESGP Regulatory Conference: EU Pharma Strategy, Med Devices Regs, European Green Deal And GCSF Sustainability Charter Launch

HBW Insight reports on a packed agenda at the AESGP's Regulatory Conference on 25 November. Panels discuss the implications of raft of legislative changes for the European self-care industry, including the incoming EU Pharmaceutical Strategy, the new Medical Devices Regulations, and the inter-related European Green Deal, Farm to Fork and Chemicals Strategies. The conference also saw the launch of the GSCF's Charter for Environmentally Sustainable Self-Care.

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GSCF Launches Global Self-Care Industry Sustainability Charter

The Global Self-Care Federation (GSCF) launches today its “Charter for Environmentally Sustainable Self-Care,” which it describes as the world’s “first commitment from the consumer health industry to drive sustainable self-care.”

International Health

‘With Chinese Characteristics’ – TCM Driving Rx-To-OTC Switch In China

Traditional Chinese Medicine and regulatory reform are driving Rx-to-OTC switch in China, the country's non-prescription medicines industry association says. Furthermore, Alibaba's "new retail" model of blending online and bricks-and-mortar shopping is fostering innovation in the Chinese market, creating opportunities for international OTC players. However, there is still room for improvement, according to the Global Self-Care Federation's recently published Self-Care readiness Index.

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