PDA Letter Article

Community News Quarterly | July 2024

by PDA, Inc.

Community News Quarterly (CNQ) is a recurring article in PDA Letter that celebrates member milestones and acknowledges significant membership, professional and life events. Please send in your milestones or significant events if you would like to be included in a future CNQ ([email protected]).

In this edition, CNQ recognizes discusses Honor Award Nominations, Member Appreciation Week, Technical Report No. 68 giveaway, and remembers the life of longtime PDA member Jack Lysfjord.


Honor Award Nominations

Celebrate your mentors, peers and/or team members with a nomination for PDA’s prestigious Industry and Honor Awards. There are eight annual individual awards and the call for nominations is now open through August 16, 2024. Innovation and other award nomination periods will be announced later this year as part of PDA’s fall events. To see the award descriptions and make your nominations, click here.

The various members and staff who were recognized at the 2023 Honor Awards at 2024 PDA WeekThe PDA Industry and Honor Awards recognize PDA members and companies who provide exceptional leadership to the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical, manufacturing, and science industry and service to the Association. Since 1958 we have recognized exceptional leaders in our industry who are role models for our next generation of rising talent.

The annual Awards Ceremony will be held at PDA Week 2025, the industry’s premier event for groups of professionals and companies representing all sectors of industry. The formal awards ceremony kicks off an immersive week of educational sessions, future-focused plenaries, training courses, workshops, exhibitions, and networking opportunities.


Member Appreciation Week

Various members visiting one of Takeda Pharmaceuticals locations in Southern CaliforniaPDA members enjoy significant savings the week of June 10 during Member Appreciation Week. All conference, trainings and workshop registration fees were reduced an additional 10% for five fall U.S.-located conferences. A 25% discount was applied to certain training courses. On top of all these savings, members signing up for these events received a free copy of Technical Report No. 68 (Revised 2024): Risk-Based Approach for Prevention and Management of Drug Shortages.

Many members benefited from these savings. If you missed it, Member Appreciation Week will return next year!


Technical Report No. 68 (Revised 2024): Risk-Based Approach for Prevention and Management of Drug Shortages Open Access

On June 24, PDA decided to open access to TR-68 Revised 2024 to the entire community of pharmaceutical professionals. This unprecedented step was taken to ensure that everyone in the industry can benefit from the framework, strategies, and tactics included in the report. To see more about this decision, click here for the press release. To receive your free copy, click here to the PDA Bookstore.


In Memoriam: John Peter “Jack” Lysfjord

A small tea light candle lit in a dark space with In Memoriam text floating over itThe PDA community lost a longtime contributor and member Jack Lysfjord. Throughout Jack’s long career, which included 26 years with TL Systems/Bosch Pharmaceutical Packaging, spent most his time advancing aseptic processing equipment for injectable drugs. Among the many associations Jack kept, he was active with PDA, ISPE, AAPS, R3 Nordic, and many others.

Jack published two books with PDA/DHI, Practical Aseptic Processing Fill and Finish, Vol. 1 & 2, which can be purchased as a bundle for 50% off for the remainder of this year.

A scholarship for students, recent graduates, and emerging leaders pursuing careers in aseptic processing and sterile product manufacturing has been launched in his honor on GoFundMe. (Note: This scholarship is not affiliated with PDA or the PDA Foundation.)

Jack’s full obituary is available here.