HBW Market Roundup: Expo West Postponed, FDA Needs International Cosmetics Meeting Input, More
New Hope Network postponed Natural Products Expo West trade show due to coronavirus; NPA supports Accurate Labels Act; American Health Packaging recalls OTC ranitidine; and FDA seeks input on topics for upcoming International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation meeting.
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In addition to postponing NDAC meeting on food handler antiseptic drug products, FDA is suspending most inspections of foreign manufacturing facilities through April. Latest consumer health industry conferences cancelled or postponed are Consumer Healthcare Product Association and Informa Markets events.
Zantac marketer Sanofi says it’s unclear whether the product eventually will relaunch. In other recent consumer health and beauty recalls in US, a vitamin C-containing face mask is recalled following a “spike in complaints” about skin irritation and the insides of tubes of sodium chloride ophthalmic ointments made for Walgreens and CVS were found with materials used to make the containers.
Consumer health product firms say the coronavirus will have an impact on their results, but it’s too early to estimate the costs. US FDA also hedges its predictions, saying the outbreak could lead to interruptions in country’s drug and medical device supplies. China's health commission has issued six guidelines for diagnosis and treatment, but no conventional antiviral treatment is approved and it's emphasizing traditional Chinese medicines.