Industry Trends

May 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?

Anti-ageing skincare ingredients, Permanent makeup removal potential in plant ingredients, The world’s first long-acting injection for high blood pressure, and more. See what industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Latest Industry Articles

Do these three popular anti-ageing skincare ingredients work? Here’s what the evidence says

For people looking to press pause on ageing, it hasn’t always been as easy as it is today. Throughout history people have used all sorts of outlandish anti-ageing skincare techniques — such as bathing in donkey’s milk as Cleopatra supposedly did, or applying mercury directly to the skin, as the Elizabethans did.
Regret reversal: Permanent makeup removal potential in plant-based ingredients

Permanent makeup has been a growing trend in color cosmetics, but transparency around removers for these tattoos could be improved and infused with plants, researchers say.
Scientists to trial world-first long-acting injection for high blood pressure
PharmaTimes World News

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust are trialling an investigational medication for high blood pressure. Long-acting hypertension treatment could provide patients with an injection of medication every six months.
Hypertension, Arterial Stiffness Linked to Risk for Diabetes

Hypertension and arterial stiffness (AS) are associated with the risk for diabetes, with the highest risk seen for those with both hypertension and AS, according to a study published online May 16 in Hypertension. Xue Tian,…
Bacteria-Killing Viruses Are Successful In Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
Forbes – Pharma & Healthcare

Two patients with difficult-to-treat Mycobacterium infections have—for the first time—been successfully treated with phage therapy.
Apiaceous opportunity: Coriander oil displays anti-ageing skin care benefits

Coriander oil has the potential to become an effective and natural anti-ageing ingredient, claim researchers, who found it displays significant anti-wrinkle potential.
Covid-19 Has Made Tuberculosis Even More Of A Forgotten Pandemic
Forbes – Pharma & Healthcare

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic goes well beyond the disease itself. It extends to neglected tropical diseases, as well as the big three infectious diseases malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis, by crowding out R&D funds and disrupting non-Covid-19 related healthcare services.
Antibiotic Use in Under 2s May Reduce Antibody Response to Vaccines

Antibiotic prescriptions for children aged 6 to 24 months are associated with reduced vaccine-induced immunity, according to a study published online April 27 in Pediatrics. Timothy J. Chapman, Ph.D., from the Rochester…
Start young: Good oral care for infants averts risk of periodontal disease, halitosis in adulthood

Good oral care for infants aged six to 18 months can reduce the risk of facing periodontal disease and halitosis later in life, a new study has revealed.
Monkeypox can be stopped outside endemic countries: WHO
Manila Bulletin

The monkeypox outbreaks in non-endemic countries can be contained and human-to-human transmission of the virus stopped, the World Health Organization said Monday. Fewer than 200 confirmed and suspected cases had been recorded so far, the WHO’s emerging disease lead Maria Van Kerkhove said.
Everyone thinks it’s a ‘woman’s problem’: 12 misconceptions about HPV and cervical cancer
Channel NewsAsia

From mistaking HPV for HIV to assuming it’s alright to skip screening tests because you’ve been vaccinated against cervical cancer, CNA Women asks medical experts to address the myths around the disease.
Now makeup is also going hybrid

The Malay Mail Online

At this week’s Met Gala, Alicia Keys unveiled a line that goes beyond a makeup collection: the new hybrid line bridges skincare and makeup.

China extends deadline for cosmetics regulations data submissions as lockdowns persist

Global Cosmetics News

China has extended the deadline by which cosmetics manufacturers are required to submit data under its Cosmetics Supervision and Administration Regulation, according to a report published by Chemical Watch. Previously May 1, the deadline for product classification codes for cosmetics that were approved prior to May 1, 2021 and product efficacy summaries for cosmetics approved between May 1 and December 31, 2021. has now been moved to December 31, 2022.

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 Gotha Cosmetics, A.S. Watson and more.

Cannabis laws to be eased next month

Anyone interested in growing cannabis plants and hemp for home use will be able to do so without having to seek permission from the authorities as of next month, when both plants are due to be removed from the category 5 narcotics list, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official said on Thursday.

First lot of local Covid vaccine produced

The first batch of ChulaCov19, the first messenger-RNA vaccine developed in Thailand, has been produced and is awaiting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the first two phases of human trials, a government spokesperson said on Saturday.

Health Ministry says ready to conduct clinical tests on medical marijuana, but laws needed to prevent abuse

The Malay Mail Online

The Health Ministry has reportedly said it is open to conducting clinical tests on CBD or cannabidiol, which is among the active contents in marijuana or cannabis, for medical purposes. However, its deputy minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali was reported saying by Malay daily Harian Metro that the government requires certain laws to be reviewed in order to avoid any abuse of the substance, before the trials can be carried out.

DOST ends Ivermectin clinical trials for Covid-19 treatment

Manila Bulletin

Upon the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has decided to end its Ivermectin trials that sought to evaluate the efficacy of anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin against Covid-19.

Outlook bright for Thai cosmetics, skincare products

Thailand’s beauty industry is expected to grow by almost 4% this year driven by hygiene products as well as the skincare category, particularly children’s products and men’s grooming products driven by the popularity of Korean TV series.

From Oreo to shampoo, palm oil is part of everyday life

The Jakarta Post

Indonesia counts for more than half of the global supply of the edible oil, which is used in everything from cakes, chocolate, margarine and frying fats to cosmetics, soap, shampoo and cleaning products.

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