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Having joined OTC bulletin as a business reporter in 2013, Tom is currently the managing editor and has an intimate knowledge of the global consumer healthcare market, particularly commercial and regulatory issues. He specializes in analyzing the strategies of the world's leading consumer healthcare companies, their business performance, plans and product portfolios.
EU-wide harmonization is needed for regulations governing maximum safety levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements to facilitate the creation of a true single market, argues French industry body Synadiet.
Plans to move ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol OTCs behind the counter in French pharmacies will harm the country's self-medication industry, which is already lagging behind its European neighbors, warns local association Afipa.
Sweden and Germany are cracking down on unauthorized CBD food products and warning their neighbors of the health risks posed to consumers, an analysis by HBW Insight reveals. A large proportion of these CBD products are being sold as food supplements and many originate from the Netherlands.
Firms operating in the EU given six months to evaluate all OTC drugs containing chemically synthesized APIs for presence of nitrosamines, a probable human carcinogen. The order from EMA comes with a review of ranitidine underway after nitrosamine NDMA was detected in a number of OTC and Rx drugs.