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Life science and pharma companies have been actively investing in Asia over the past month as they look to increase regional manufacturing capacities to tap into burgeoning markets and meet rising demand for new technologies, biologics and high-quality products, while Chinese firms have also been expanding their international presence.
The cosmetic sector’s shrinking preservative palette calls for a dramatic marketing shift, according to industry veteran David Steinberg of Steinberg & Associates. In a May 11 interview, the cosmetic chemistry expert discussed movement away from proven preservative systems, implications for industry and consumer safety, and options for manufacturers intent on eschewing traditional preservatives, which are few and expensive.
China is imposing tougher – and in some cases unrealistic – requirements for excipient manufacturers, while Brazil is proposing similar new requirements. Confusion abounds with respect to shelf life, expiration dates and retest dates.
The Public Access to SunScreens Coalition plans to work with FDA, lawmakers and stakeholders to facilitate review of sunscreen active ingredients. The group proposes user fees as one method of ensuring FDA has resources to complete sunscreen ingredient evaluations, some pending as time and extent applications since 2002.