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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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Self-Care Devices May See Extension After EU Commission Admits MDR ‘Inconsistencies’

Self-care medical devices may be included in the two-year “grace period” following implementation of the new EU Medical Devices Regulation as part of an incoming corrigendum to the law, a spokesperson for the European Commission suggested at a recent AESGP meeting.

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Dr Google Not Good Enough, European Self-Care Industry Must Step Up

Digital health, social media and the internet are changing the way consumers access health information. To expand Europe's self-care market while ensuring consumers self-care responsibly, industry must collaborate with healthcare professionals and regulators to improve health literacy, says the AESGP's director general Jūratė Švarcaitė.
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AESGP Regulatory Conference: No Progress On Botanicals, MDR Tensions Mount

A lack of progress on the botanical health claims issue and rising tensions with the impending Medical Devices Regulation were among the topics discussed at the AESGP's Regulatory Conference in Brussels yesterday. 
Health OTC Drugs

European Self-Care Industry Places Hope In New Commission

Opening the AESGP's Regulatory Conference in Brussels last night, MEP Christian-Silviu Busoi said healthcare was expected to be a priority for the new European Commission, which could have benefits for the region's self-care industry.
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France's ANSM Moves Paracetamol, Ibuprofen And Aspirin Behind The Counter

France restricts sales of medicines containing paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin to behind the pharmacy counter due to safety concerns.

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France Wants To Move Paracetamol, Ibuprofen And Aspirin Behind The Counter

France's medicines agency wants to restrict sales of OTC drugs containing paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin to behind the pharmacy counter due to safety concerns.
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