Industry Trends

June 2022

See what has been happening in Asia’s pharma and personal care industries over the last weeks. What are experts and industry magazines talking about?

What has been happening?

Organic & ocean-friendly sun protection, Melatonin aids sleep in older adults, Grapeseed extract in sunscreen could have anti-ageing benefits for Asians, and more. See what industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Latest Industry Articles

Organic, vegan, ocean-friendly: Sun protection is having a revolution
The Malay Mail Online

Long criticised for containing components that present risks for both human health and the environment, sunscreens have undergone something of a reinvention in recent years to meet the concerns of a public looking for more natural, planet-friendly products.

Melatonin Aids Sleep in Older Adults

High-dose melatonin may be an effective sleep aid for older adults, according to a study published online. Researchers randomly assigned 24 healthy older adults (age older than 55 years) to receive two weeks of placebo and two weeks of either a low (0.3 mg) or high (5.0 mg) dose of melatonin 30 minutes before lights out. Polysomnography was used to record sleep that was scheduled at all circadian phases.

A grape idea: Grapeseed extract in sunscreen could have anti-ageing benefits for Asians – Thai study

The addition of grapeseed extract in a sunscreen formulation has been found to have anti-ageing effects on Asian skin, improving the overall youthful appearance of skin.

Oral insulin project identifies spray drying as key to increasing nanoparticle loading
Fierce Pharma

Producing dry insulin nanoparticles through spray drying may open the door to dosage forms such as oral tablets or bioadhesive films, according to research published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

Filling a grey space: K-beauty giants see mega demand for shampoos that conceal grey hairs and prevent hair loss


South Korean cosmetic titans Amorepacific and LG Household & Healthcare (LG H&H) have both recently launched shampoos that can conceal grey hairs to great success, signalling a huge demand for anti-ageing hair care products.

The quest for a better sunscreen Polymers News

Many summer days start with slathering on sunscreen to prevent sunburn, skin damage, and skin cancer. A common ingredient in sunscreens is avobenzone, which works by absorbing the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Antibiotic-resistant typhoid from Asia is spreading worldwide

Straits Times

Treatment-resistant typhoid originating mostly from South Asia has springboarded across borders almost 200 times in the past three decades, according to new research that underscores the increasing global threat of infections that can evade antibiotics.

WTO agrees to lift Covid vaccine patents, but is it ‘too late’?

Daily Tribune

The World Trade Organization agreed Friday to temporarily lift patents on Covid-19 vaccines after two years of bruising negotiations, but experts expressed skepticism that the deal will have a major impact on global vaccination inequality. The unprecedented agreement, sealed by all 164 WTO members after late-night overtime talks, will grant developing countries the right to produce Covid vaccines for five years “without the consent of the right holder”.

Metformin Does Not Improve Survival in High-Risk Breast Cancer

For patients with high-risk nonmetastatic breast cancer receiving standard therapy, the addition of metformin does not improve invasive disease-free survival, according to a study published in the May 24/31 issue of the…

L’Oréal unveils UVA filter, UVMune 400
Global Cosmetics News

L’Oréal has unveiled its breakthrough sun filtering technology that is said to protect skin from ultra-long UVA rays. The French beauty giant has dubbed the new innovation UVMune 400. Described as L’Oréal’s biggest sun care innovation in 30 years, the new technology will make its debut in La Roche Posay’s Anthelios franchise. UVMune 400 was 10 years in development. To date, the work has been the subject of 6 scientific publications.

Award for sustainability: Evonik receives platinum rating again

The EcoVadis rating agency has again awarded Evonik a platinum rating for its sustainability performance. This puts Evonik among the top 1 percent of companies assessed by EcoVadis, both in the chemical industry and in all other sectors.

As shortage hits cancer meds, Health Ministry urged to weigh local production and reuse policy

Malay Mail

National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) director Dr Murallitharan Munisamy said the ongoing drug shortage was affecting cancer treatment in the country, urging the government to be proactive and consider manufacturing critical medicines locally. He said medicines for cancer treatment were among those affected in the country’s drug shortage, but suggested that the low availability was artificial and not due to an actual lack of supply.

China focus: Latest developments in China’s booming beauty market


We round up the most recent developments in the exciting Chinese beauty market, featuring news from Yatsen, KosÃ, Coty and more.

Overcoming barriers to entry: Brands can tap new Singapore halal alliance to gain trade opportunities, certification


Food, nutraceuticals and cosmetics brands worldwide can now tap the expertise of a newly-minted halal alliance to enter the lucrative global halal market forecasted to reach USD$2.8 trillion by 2025.

Thai Trade Center director's thoughts on Thai cosmetics in US market


Korean beauty and Japanese beauty have found their place in the US market, and the Thai beauty industry wants to follow in their footsteps.

At conference on cannabis, ex-CJ Zaki Azmi makes case for medical use in Malaysia

The Malay Mail Online

The government could already provide exemptions for medical marijuana in the country without going through the arduous task of legislating new laws or provisions for this purpose, former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi explained.

Hong Kong mulls CBD ban after third of products found to contain traces of THC

Global Cosmetics News

Hong Kong’s Security Bureau is considering adding CBD to its Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, according to a report published by the South China Morning Post. The regulator is concerned after discovering a significant number of CBD-based products contained traces of THC. Retailers, however, are up in arms, claiming that where products have undergone laboratory testing and verified as safe for use, they should be cleared for sale.

Thailand becomes first Asian country to legalize cannabis in food and drinks

Global Cosmetics News

Thailand has become the first Asian country to greenlight the consumption of cannabis in food and drink and the cultivation of marijuana, according to a report published by Reuters. Smoking the drug continues to be illegal. The government has announced an initiative designed to encourage farmers to dedicate space to the crops; it will give away a million marijuana plants to incentivise cultivation.

Taking back control: Singapore’s Kew Organics to establish cosmetics lab as it eyes overseas expansion


Singapore-based beauty brand Kew Organics is set to establish an in-house laboratory to bring down rising costs as it gears up to chase new opportunities in the international market.

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