SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL, Vol 7, No 1 (2013)

Usage of Chitosan in Thai Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Industries

Rapeepun Chalongsuk, Namfon Sribundit






Abstract


Chitosan has varieties of applications in both pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. To explore the situation of chitosan awareness and usage in Thailand is an essential information for product development from chitosan. Entrepreneurs or their representatives from GMP certified pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturers were interviewed during June 2007 to February 2008. One hundred and five from 225 factories (47%) participated in this study. Product awareness was very high (93.3%). For pharmaceutical industry, the most familiar applications of chitosan were anti-obesity and cholesterol lowering agent. In cosmetic industry, value of chitosan was perceived as moisturising agent, emollient, and film former. Current usage of chitosan was found in 41.4% of cosmetic industry, mainly for skin care products and 8% of pharmaceutical industry used chitosan mainly for anti-obesity food supplement. Although chitosan use was highly perceived, actual usage was moderate and low in cosmetic industry and pharmaceutical industry, respectively.

Key Words: Chitosan; Cosmetic manufacturer; Pharmaceutical manufacturer

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