INSIGHTS

OTCexperts work in a number of OTC categories providing advice and guidance. From time to time we look to keep you up to date with our thoughts throughout the year. Grab a coffee and gain an insight to our ways of thinking in this changing landscape. Any questions please talk to us, we are happy to start the conversation.

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OTCToolbox 2019 Consumer Marketing Event

By |October 31st, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , , |

OTCExperts are excited to be presenting at the upcoming OTCToolbox consumer healthcare marketing event 2019. This two-day international event focuses exclusively on the interests of consumer healthcare/OTC marketeers. At the event we will be joined by highly-respected international speakers [...]

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What is a medicinal product?

By |October 20th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , |

What is a medicinal product? The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issue guidance on cosmetics, medicines and all products in between. This is updated regularly. The status of borderline medicinal products is mostly determined in [...]

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Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: Insights|

It is interesting to consider how a conversation moves from antimicrobial resistance to the near extinction of Vultures. Anyone who recently visited me at Making Pharmaceuticals may have been subjected to my newly learned tale of the near extinction [...]

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New P to GSL reclassification consultation

By |May 10th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

The MHRA are proposing to make Acnecide ‘Face’ products available from general sales outlets with more limited conditions of use than the current pharmacy products. The products are Acnecide Face 5% w/w Gel and Acnecide Face Wash 5% w/w [...]

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Making Pharmaceuticals 2019

By |April 28th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Never tried a Kahoot! quiz? Then come along to see me at 1655 @Making Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday 30 April at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Test your knowledge of the regulatory boundaries with this interactive quiz. Could your product fall [...]

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Food Supplements – as you age, manage the deficiency?

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , |

Having just read an article on food supplements in the Which magazine – a classic easy to write piece about misleading combination products. It highlights that some combinations make legitimate health claims for one ingredient and provide more well [...]

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Medicinal Cannabis – Commons Select Committee

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

In November 2018, the Government announced the rescheduling of medicinal cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. Medicinal cannabis can be prescribed by specialist doctors. In the first of its oral evidence sessions, the Health [...]

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Infotainment – feedback on the Hemp & CBD Expo

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , |

As a professional with both medicines and food law experience, Cannabidiol/CBD is an area that continues to fascinate me. There are myths and facts aplenty, so it was inevitable that I would visit the Hemp & CBD Expo at [...]

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FSA Explains Recent Changes Affecting Cannabidiol Products

By |March 5th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , |

The EU Novel Food Catalogue recently changed affecting some cannabidiol (CBD) products. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have just issued some new guidance about CBD. The area remains in flux with many EU countries determining how they should [...]

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Pain Relief – the Pharmacists Friend?

By |March 5th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , |

Headaches, aches and pains can affect us all, the following triggers may give special cause for Pharmacists to experience more in February 2019. Like all health care professionals’ pharmacists need to excel at plate spinning: balancing care for customers, [...]

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Medical Device Claims – 01 March 2019

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , |

James Hall from OTCExperts will be presenting at the PLG/OTCToolbox conference 01 March 2019. OTCExperts will be on the morning panel talking about New Product Development. This session will cover the opportunity presented by Medical Devices. We will be [...]

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Probiotics Networking Meeting 07 March 2019

By |February 20th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , |

Jamie Christie from NutraSolve will form part of the line up for our networking event 0n 07 March 2019, at Biocity Nottingham. Nutrasolve offers help and advice to food supplement businesses both small and large, whether as a [...]

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Probiotics Networking Meeting 07 March 2019

By |February 19th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , |

Yes its only two weeks to go till our next free to attend networking event for food supplements. This meeting at Biocity Nottingham, will focus on probiotics or natural living bacteria. Whilst we will be able to listen [...]

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Probiotics Networking Meeting 07 March 2019 – Nottingham

By |February 13th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , |

We are very fortunate in the East Midlands with the calibre of our local higher education institutes. On 07 March we will welcome not one but two representatives from Nottingham Trent University. They will share [...]

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MHRA Update on Opioid Expert Working Group

By |February 13th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , |

The EWG will undertake a comprehensive independent scientific review of all available evidence on the use of opioid medicines in the UK,. This group will draw on best practice internationally. The aim is to make sure the [...]

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Ibuprofen – A Personal Nottingham View

By |February 12th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , |

Every day I pass this plaque as I enter the Innovation building (R3) to access my office in Biocity. By plaque I mean the ornamental tablet that is fixed to a wall or other surface in commemoration of a [...]

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Probiotic Networking Meeting 07 March 2019

By |February 5th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , , , |

Probiotics are widely sold as foods and food supplements. Frustratingly they cannot be labelled as Prebiotics or Probiotics. Our next networking meeting is on 07 March 2019 in Nottingham, with Medilink EM. We will focus on all aspects of [...]

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Is CBD oil now a Novel Food?

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , , , |

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has changed its view.  CBD food supplements should now be classed as a novel food rather than a food supplement. This might have an impact on the continued commercialisation of CBD as food [...]

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