Industry Trends

November 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?

Unleashing the power of red ginger, Eating more plants to reduce pain, Microneedle patches found to significantly improve undereye wrinkles, and more. See what industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Latest Industry Articles

Unleashing the power of red ginger

Worrying about providing for the family, struggling to make ends meet, and losing sleep over stress can lead to health issues such as the development of colds, cough, flatulence, nausea, and even hypertension. Many turn to natural remedies and options to get them through difficult days. New product Ginhawa Red-G was recently launched so people can experience the power of red ginger, which has been used as a traditional medicine by many generations in Indonesia.

In pain? Try eating more plants
Business World

Rheumatic Diseases refer to over 200 conditions that cause pain in the tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles, and internal organs like the kidneys. Many of these diseases are autoimmune while others are caused by genetics, infection, and gender (women are more prone to them than men).
Patch test: Microneedle patches found to significantly improve undereye wrinkles in 12 weeks – study
CosmeticDesign Asia

A South Korean study has tested magnesium microneedle patches on the delicate undereye area and found that it could significantly improve wrinkles in 12 weeks.
Stemming the silent diabetes epidemic
Business World

Long before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a silent epidemic of diabetes was causing blindness, lower limb amputation, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and death among hundreds of millions of people. Worse, the prevalence of diabetes continues to increase globally.
How the skin microbiome plays into three common skin concerns

Cosmetics researchers are still exploring how microscopic life on our skin affects its health, but recent research has started to piece together the puzzle.
Even Moderate Exercise Linked to Reduced Mortality After Breast Cancer

Even moderate physical activity is associated with a reduced risk for mortality for breast cancer survivors, according to a study published online Nov. 17 in JAMA Network Open. Lie Hong Chen, Dr.P.H., from Kaiser…
Headaches Tied to Higher Risk for Dry Eye Disease

Headaches may increase the risk for dry eye disease (DED), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online Oct. 19 in the Annals of Medicine. Shuyi Liu, from Dalian Medical University in China, and…
Artificial Intelligence-Aided Colonoscopy Does Not Increase Cancer Detection

Adenoma and polyp detection rates (ADR/PDR) are lower with use of artificial intelligence-aided colonoscopy (AIAC), according to a study published in the November issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Idan…
‘No negative view’: Pola Orbis will proceed with POLA China expansion despite strict COVID-19 policies
CosmeticDesign Asia

Japanese cosmetics company Pola Orbis said China’s strict COVID-19 policies would have no impact on its plans to continue expanding POLA in China, noting that its luxury brand has a lot of potential with younger consumers and the second- and third-tier cities.
‘What we’re strong at’: Mistine China banking on eye and complexion make-up to grow colour cosmetics category
CosmeticDesign Asia

Thai beauty brand Mistine is aiming to grow its colour cosmetics category in China and has identified eye make-up and complexion products as its biggest opportunities.
Vietnam - one of countries with high rate of antibiotic resistance : WHO
Vietnam Net

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing global concerns in medicine with highly resistant pathogens of many species proving difficult to treat.
Green group seeks urgent action from PHL, Thai gov’ts to stop sales of unsafe cosmetics
Business World

Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition called on the governments of Thailand and the Philippines to immediately halt the sales of Thai cosmetics with very high mercury content, which pose various health risks to consumers. The group, in a statement on Thursday, said it tracked unauthorized skincare cosmetics from Thailand that contain high concentrations of mercury of up to 44,540 parts per million (ppm), exceeding the legal limit of 1 ppm.
CanSino rolls out inhalable Covid vaccine in Tianjin, Beijing

Malay Mail

Beijing residents can start making appointments for an inhalable Covid booster made by CanSino Biologics, media reported on Thursday, while those in Tianjin city can now get it as the Chinese pharmaceutical firm distributes more supplies. CanSino’s vaccine, called Convidecia Air, is an aerosol version of an inactive shot and was approved as an emergency-use booster by Chinese health authorities in September.

Tissue Regeneration: Osteopore’s Breakthrough Technology Leaps into Global Spotlight

Additive Manufacturing

Osteopore International, a Singapore- and Australia-based med-tech company, focusing on facilitating natural tissue regeneration, is primed for the global limelight after quietly developing and commercializing its novel 3D-printed bioresorbable scaffold implants that have the potential to revolutionize the way surgeons help patients to naturally regrow bones and other tissues.

Indonesia suspends licences of two more drug firms amid probe into child deaths


Indonesia’s food and drug agency said on Wednesday (Nov 9) it had suspended the licences of two more local drug companies producing syrup-type medications, as authorities investigate the deaths of nearly 200 children due to acute kidney injury. The Southeast Asian country temporarily banned sales of some syrup-based medications in October after it identified the presence in some products of ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol as possible factors for causing the illness.

Hazard identification: ‘Alarming issue’ of mercury in Malaysian whitening cosmetics - new data

CosmeticDesign Asia

More than 15% of whitening products surveyed in Malaysia were tainted with mercury, researchers from the University of Malaya have revealed.

Improving hypertension awareness and management in Vietnam through a community-based model

Hypertension prevalence in Vietnam is high, but few people are aware of their disease status. Detection, diagnosis, and treatment are limited, so new approaches are needed to improve awareness and manage the condition, especially at the primary health care level.

FDA Myanmar to accept applications of IHC online starting 9 Nov

Global New Light of Myanmar

The Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA Myanmar) under the Ministry of Health has issued announcement No 18/2022.

Germany’s BioNTech says to set up mRNA vaccine facility in Singapore

Business World

Biotech SE, the German biotech that developed a widely used COVID-19 vaccine with Pfizer Inc PFE.N, acquired a manufacturing facility in Singapore, its first in Asia, the company said on Monday. The facility, bought from a Novartis unit, will be its first messenger ribonucleic acid, or mRNA, facility in Singapore and support its vaccines production for the Asia Pacific region, BioNTech said in a statement, without disclosing financial details.

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

CosmeticDesign Asia

We round up the most recent developments in the exciting Chinese beauty market, featuring news updates from EstÃe Lauder, L’Occitane, Pola Orbis and more.

Product profiles: Top stories on the product innovations in the APAC beauty space

CosmeticDesign Asia

In our round-up of the recent product developments in the Asia Pacific beauty and personal care market, we look into a vitamin K serum, a prebiotic hand sanitiser and more.

Silver lining: Sa Sa Malaysia has recovered to 77.4% of pre-pandemic levels as COVID restrictions ease

CosmeticDesign Asia

Sa Sa Malaysia has recovered to 77.4% of pre-pandemic levels, reflecting the positive impact of the relaxation of pandemic measures that came into effect across the country in April.

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