Pharmaceutical Manufacturing's Year in Review

Dec. 19, 2018
It’s never too late to teach an old brand new tricks

As Pharmaceutical Manufacturing sends its final issue of 2018 to the printer, we’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of our favorite highlights:

At the start of the year, seasoned journalist Meagan Parrish joined the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing edit staff as senior editor. Readers have no doubt already noticed Meagan’s impact on the brand. Meagan tackled several challenging cover stories, including March’s Coming Clean, an industry and regulatory perspective on the opioid crisis; and June’s Shrinking Big Pharma, a look at why smaller plants are the next big thing. Additionally, Meagan has made measurable improvements to Chief Content Director Karen Langhauser’s sanity.
Sometimes the only way to get the truth is to see it with your own eyes. As we approached the anniversary of the most destructive storm in close to a century, media coverage of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath was conflicting and unreliable. Since the role Puerto Rico plays in the global pharma market is pivotal, our editors felt the industry needed answers. So, both editors packed their bags and headed down to the island — and were the first journalists in the industry to do so. What they found was a story about amazing resilience. If you haven’t already, please be sure to read about it in Battered But Unbroken.
This year also inspired a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing innovation award “makeover.” Our annual All-Star Innovator awards were rebranded — Pharma Innovation Awards — and given a fresh logo. (Because honestly, there are only so many baseball puns that should appear in print.) The awards continue to be a celebration of new, unique technologies contributing to advancements in risk reduction, product quality improvement and manufacturing efficiency. This year,we honored 18 technologies across five different categories. In caseyou missed them, check out the 2018 Pharma Innovation Awards article.
Because there is no substitute for hands-on experience, earlier this year, both editors traveled to Cleveland to attend a solid dose training class taught by tablet and capsule manufacturing expert, Mike Tousey. Techceuticals’ two and a half day comprehensive course covered all the essentials needed to make quality tablets and capsules. The training offered step-by-step explanations of each unit operation within the manufacturing process, common terminology, and practical knowledge of each topic. Check out the resulting cover story, A Better Batch.
Coming in 2019:Pharmaceutical Manufacturing is getting a facelift! Be on the lookout for new design improvements in print and online!

These are just a few of our efforts as we work to constantly evolve and update the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing brand to meet the needs of a changing industry. As always, we thank you for your readership and welcome any and all (but mostly good) feedback. Contact us here.


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