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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.
Despite being defended by four industry representative bodies, UK health food retailer Holland & Barrett has been rapped for its use of “weight management” as a product category on its consumer-facing website by the country's Advertising Standards Authority.
Novartis is in discussion via its Hexal subsidiary with Germany's Association for Social Competition (VSW) over whether it must withdraw its Biosan range of probiotic supplements currently on the German market following a recent Higher Regional Court ruling.