Unlocking the story

Aug. 5, 2020
Senior editor, Meagan Parrish, wins prestigious journalism award

At Pharma Manufacturing, we frequently repeat the phrase “trade publications don’t have to be boring,” as we push one another to think outside of the traditional box when it comes to content selection and bringing our readers impactful stories about topics that they care about.

To that end, we are thrilled to share that senior editor, Meagan Parrish, has received the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ 2020 Stephen Barr Award for her December 2019 article, The recall effect.

This coveted, “best in show” award honors one of ASBPE’s most decorated journalists, Stephen Barr, who was sadly lost to cancer in 2002. Barr was the senior contributing editor of CFO magazine during a pivotal time in history characterized by billion-dollar companies navigating the transition to an internet-dominated business world. Barr was known for writing insightful articles that consistently demonstrated depth of investigation. 

Barr left big shoes to fill in the world of trade journalism. This year, Meagan became the 17th journalist to join the prestigious ranks of Steven Barr Award winners.

Meagan’s winning article, The recall effect, was initially planned to be a simple rundown of the year’s most important FDA regulations. But, after an eye-opening interview with a former FDA official, the story evolved into a powerful discussion of widespread impurities contained in APIs imported from overseas and our country’s failure to keep these contaminants out of the drug supply.

The article told a story that has major ongoing implications for American drug manufacturers and patients. At the time, the industry was facing a massive recall of blood pressure medications contaminated by ingredients from China. Now, as the pandemic rages on, the issue of global supply chains and drug imports from China has become more important than ever before.

Please join us in congratulating Meagan on this well-deserved honor!