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Malcolm Spicer

US Consumer Health Managing Editor

Washington, DC
Malcolm has expertly covered the OTC drug and nutritional supplement industries and markets since 2006. He provides authoritative and highly analytical insight into how and why the US Food and Drug Administration regulates OTC drugs, including homeopathics, and nutritional supplement manufacturing and marketing and also how companies competing in these industries can most efficiently and effectively comply with FDA regulations, the cornerstone for their success.

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