Southeast Asia Roundup: Picinaf Recall In Philippines, Halal Vaccines Set To Surge
This article was originally published in PharmAsia News
The Philippines orders a recall of the Picinaf pulmonary tuberculosis drug of JM Tolman Laboratories because of under-dosing problems and experts say the global Muslim halal market for vaccines is forecast to be worth $1.1 billion, or 3% of the products expected to be on the vaccine market by 2030.
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PharmAsia News looks ahead at 2015 to highlight expected trends and events shaping the biomedical community in Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia in 2014 saw a continued push by several nations in the region to ink a Trans-Pacific Partnership pact that would potentially have a major impact on biological drugs. Also manufacturing and distribution saw a leap in the hub of Singapore as governments in the region ramped-up health spending.
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