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Eileen Francis

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Washington, DC
Eileen tracks developments in OTC drug research, manufacturing, regulation, finance, M&A and marketing. She favors stories on e-commerce trends and the industry's drive toward Rx-to-OTC drug switches. Eileen also contributes coverage on the dietary supplement industry. She has a keen eye for pieces that delve into the rising self-care movement and how it is raising the innovation bar for marketers.

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