Parenteral Drug Association Celebrates 70 Years of Connecting People, Science and Regulation 18 November, 2016

Bethesda, Md., November 18, 2016 – The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) marks its 70th Anniversary in November. PDA’s original Certificate of Incorporation was signed in November 1946 by its six original directors: Harold London, Rudolph Price, A. Lincoln Konwiser, Max Gold, Arthur Herrick, and Abraham Wagner.

“PDA and its members have played an influential role in many of the most important advances in the manufacturing and control of parenteral products over the last 70 years,” said PDA President Richard Johnson. “PDA led the way in the 1970’s to introduce standardized methods for steam sterilization techniques with the publication of Technical Report No. 1 in 1979. With 80 additional technical reports published since and a full-scale cleanroom used for hands-on training, PDA remains a leader in sterilization/aseptic processing science and many other areas of pharmaceutical manufacturing and control.”

Many of the original eight goals established for PDA are still relevant today, including:

  • Foster and advance, in the interest of public health, the art and science of parenteral therapy, and to preserve and improve the integrity and stability of the parenteral drug industry
  • Provide and disseminate information relating to parenteral drugs and parenteral therapy
  • Foster and encourage a spirit of friendly cooperation among its members and the medical and pharmaceutical professions
  • Cultivate and maintain cooperative relations with governmental departments and agencies, medical and pharmaceutical organizations, and other branches of the drug and related industries; and to originate and participate in cooperative enterprises and undertakings with them
  • Collect and disseminate, for the benefit of members, such business and scientific information as may be of value to them
  • Promote higher standards in the production of parenteral drugs

PDA celebrated its 70th year by opening a new, modern workspace and by expanding its Training and Research Institute in Bethesda, Md.

The following Infographic depicts how PDA has changed in the last 70 years.

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