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David Ridley

Senior Editor – Europe

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.

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