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As we close out 2018, Pharmaceutical Processing
examines the key issues and challenges facing
manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors in the New Year.
Data-driven decision making in pharma will
deepen as technological systems and tools become
more sophisticated. Automation, robotics, regulatory
requirements, and transparency demands continue
to boost software’s role throughout the entire
Serialization is moving forward even as various
companies are finding it difficult to meet the mandatory
deadlines; Washington’s drive to reduce prescription
drug prices may gain renewed strength; some big
pharma companies face pressure from generics as patent
protections expire on brand name drugs; and the push
grows for more and faster biosimilar approvals.
For an analysis of changes and what’s ahead in 2019,
see our cover story on page 12.
‘Pillar’ of the Community
Speaking of changes, you may have heard that there
are some very exciting developments underway at
As announced recently by our parent company,
Advantage Business Marketing (ABM), its 23 specialized
B2B media brands have been incorporated into five
distinct content pillars that supply data-rich channels
and development through distribution.
Pharmaceutical Processing now is part of ABM’s
new R&D Pillar, linking us with our sister brands
Controlled Environments, Drug Discovery &
Development, R&D, and Scientific Computing into
one integrated environment.
With this change, you now have instant access to the
most comprehensive data and information relevant to
pharmaceutical research, development, production, and
technology in one coordinated and convenient location
and directly accessible, as always, via www.pharmpro.com.
Yet to come as we enter 2019 are brand redesigns,
expanded formats packed with in-depth content,
executive profiles, research reports, and emerging
market trends from throughout pharma and all of the
As the global pharmaceutical industry advances in the
New Year and beyond, we’ll continue to advance right
along with it.
In the meantime, we wish you, your families, and your
associates all the best for the holidays and the New Year!
— Mike Botta
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