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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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German Government Wants Sildenafil, Tadalafil OTC

Germany's Ministry of Health surprised all those present at a recent BAH meeting by announcing it would like to see erectile dysfunction drugs like sildenafil and tadalafil available OTC. Such a move, however, would put the government at odds with drug regulator BfArM's Expert Committee for Prescription, which recently rejected an application for the Rx-to-OTC switch of sildenafil. 

Germany Health

Futura All Set For US FDA De Novo Application For Eroxon OTC ED Treatment

Futura Medical is preparing to seek approval from the FDA to launch OTC in the US its MED3000 erectile dysfunction treatment, marketed in Europe under the Eroxon brand name. After completing all the necessary studies demonstrating that the gel-based, drug-free product works as a self-care treatment for ED, Futura says it is confident that the soon to be submitted de novo medical device application will be successful and pave the way for a Q1 2023 launch.

US States Health

New UK Health Secretary Wants More OTCs Available And Greater Role For Pharmacists

More medicines available without a prescription and more responsibility for community pharmacists are two of the goals set out by the UK's new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Europe United Kingdom

Gut-Brain Axis Study On Haleon Probiotic Shows ‘Subtle’ Effects On Psychological Health

Haleon’s Puraflor probiotic when taken daily by adults was shown to alter gray matter volume and brain response patterns, according to a study published in the journal Cells.

Europe Wellness

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

Bayer UK sees the recent launch of Berocca Immuno as a step towards "mega-brand" status for its line of effervescent VMS tablets. 

United Kingdom Wellness

Vitamin D Supplements And COVID-19: Still No Evidence, No Harm In Doing It Anyway

Two new RCTs cast further doubt on the preventative effects of vitamin D supplementation with regards to COVID-19 infection. Nevertheless, an editorial in the British Medical Journal, where the studies were published, leaves open positive effects for those suffering from vitamin D deficiency, and recommends a daily supplement of up to 2000IU just in case.

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