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Tom Gallen

Managing Editor – Europe

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.
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Bayer Launches Clarinaze Allergy Control Following Successful Rx-to-OTC Switch In UK

Having received the green light for its prescription-to-OTC switch, Bayer is launching in UK pharmacies Clarinaze Allergy Control backed by a £1m marketing campaign.
Prescription To Otc Switch Launches

Nestlé Skin Health Has Suitors ‘Lining Up Around The Block’ After ‘Stunning’ Sales Turnaround

Nestlé's once troubled Skin Health business is now a "leader in its space" after an astonishing turnaround, according to the Swiss firm's CEO. What's more, potential buyers for the unit are queuing out the door, waiting for Nestlé to kick off a much anticipated sale process.
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What's In A Name? Dextro Energy Stung By UK Ad Regulator For Implying Energy Boost

By the positioning of a pack shot of its eponymous glucose supplement in a recent advertisement, Dextro Energy had implied the product could deliver an instant energy boost - which it was not authorized to do, ruled UK watchdog ASA. 

Wellness Ad Complaints

France's Supplement Market in 2018: Demand For Probiotics and Natural Alternatives Drives Sales Growth

France's food supplements market enjoyed broad-based growth across key categories in 2018, driven by consumer demand for natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Over the 12 months, Pileje overtook Arkopharma as the dominant player in market, as its leading probiotics brand, Symbiosys, flew off the shelves.
France Market Intelligence

France's OTC Market in 2018: Self-Medication Sales Slump, Sanofi Claims Number-One Spot

France's self-medication market had a difficult 2018, due to a weak flu season and changing dynamics in the sector, according to industry association Afipa. Despite this it was a good year for Sanofi, which overtook Boiron as the number-one OTC firm in the market, while its Doliprane analgesic became France's best-selling brand.
France Market Intelligence

Chile's Congress Refuses To Lift Ban On Supermarket Sale Of OTC Drugs

A bill which would have allowed OTC drugs to be sold outside pharmacies in Chile has been scuppered by the country's National Congress. 
Chile Regulation
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