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David Ridley

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Coventry, UK
David's coverage specializes in OTC medicines, dietary supplements and self-care medical devices. David is interested in regulatory gray areas such as the borderlines between medicines, supplements and medical devices, as well as botanical ingredients. David also regularly speaks to industry leaders and experts about the latest trends to deliver crucial market intelligence to HBW Insight readers, and co-hosts the Over the Counter podcast. In his spare time, David spends time in his allotment garden, reading/watching science fiction and worrying about climate change.

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Almost All Top German OTC Companies Have Now Raised Prices Due To Inflation – Sempora

87 of the top 100 German OTC manufacturers are now reporting inflation-driven price increases, up from 72 at the same point last year. Sempora Consulting suggests a number of strategies to address the current economic challenges companies face. 

Germany Health

EU Bitter Fennel Oil Monograph May Be Withdrawn Due To Estragole Safety Concerns

The European Medicines Agency’s Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) says the EU herbal monograph for bitter fennel oil “cannot be supported anymore” because of new data on the genotoxicity and carcinogenicity of estragole.

Europe Health

Sweden’s Essity Launches UK Menopause VMS Range, Leukoplast Eco Line Extensions

Essity has launched in the UK an Issviva branded e-commerce platform and dietary supplements range and two sustainable plaster additions to the Leukoplast wound-care line.

United Kingdom Wellness

Nestlé Discovers Gut Bacteria Strain Suggesting Opportunities For Infant Nutrition

Scientists at Nestlé’s research division think that they have found new bifidobacterium longum strains that have unique ability to utilize both key components of human milk and fibers from solid food, opening up new opportunities for “next generation nutritional solutions” like probiotics targeting the crucial weaning period of child development.

International Wellness

UK Pharmacies Recommending Short-Term Treatments Over PPIs For Frequent Heartburn – Haleon Survey

Haleon data shows a notable increase in UK pharmacy teams recommending PPIs for frequent heartburn in the year ended September 2022. However, pharmacies are still recommending alginate-based OTCs and antacids over PPIs for frequent heartburn in the majority of occasions, which Haleon says points to a need for more pharmacy education.

United Kingdom Health

Europe's Botanicals Deadlock ‘Unlawful,’ Claims Industry Lawyer

The European Commission’s obvious passivity” with regards to the long-standing botanical health claims deadlock is illegal and violates the provisions of the EU Health Claims Regulation,” argues the German Pharmaceutical Industry Association, on the basis of a legal opinion provided by former constitutional judge Udo Di Fabio.

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