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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.

Latest From David Ridley

Menopause And Women’s Health Prominent Among Recent German OTC Launches

Responding to demand from women for consumer health products that meet their specific needs, P&G and Pro Medico both launch hop-based supplements for menopause symptoms. Meanwhile, Bayer adds a hair mask to its Priorin range for women with female pattern hair loss and Klosterfrau expands its Femafriends brand with an intimate health gel.

Germany Health

CHC Industry Must Do More To Help Consumers Age Healthily, Especially Women

Consumer health companies need to meet consumers where they are in their life-stage journeys, providing healthy aging solutions like dietary supplements that have clearly communicated and science-backed benefits, argued panelists at a recent IQVIA Consumer Health webinar. This is particularly the case for women, who are underserved and want natural support for changes like the menopause, said Haleon's Sheryl Tan. 

Asia Pacific North America

Clasado Leaning Into APAC Gut Health Trend With China Distribution Deal

UK prebiotic specialist Clasado Biociences is expanding across APAC and Eastern Europe through two recently-signed distribution deals: Alliance Nutrition Group’s Shanghai Prochin for China and BART in Poland.

Asia Pacific China

Stada CEO Calls For Dialogue As Satisfaction With European Health Systems Declines

Almost half of Europeans are now dissatisfied with their national health systems, a recent survey by Stada finds. Company CEO Peter Goldschmidt urges for dialogue with governments and health ministries to see how self-care can help “build resilient health systems for the years to come.”

Europe Health

AESGP Finds ‘Significant Variation’ In OTC Medicines Availability Across Europe

“Despite there being a common regulatory framework for medicinal products in the European Union, there remains a diversity of approaches between EU member states with regards to how they regulate access to nonprescription medicines,” notes AESGP's Klavdija Kmetič, as the association updates its OTC ingredients directory.

Europe Health

Stada Strikes Deal To Expand Middle East And Africa OTC Portfolio

A deal between Stada Arzneimittel and Adcan Pharma will see the former exclusively market and commercialize in the UAE a portfolio of 15 consumer healthcare products produced and supplied by the latter.

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