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George Sykes Memorial Award

By Tim Sandle
Posted Oct 15, 2012 in Science
The Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Sciences Society (PHSS) 2012 George Sykes Memorial Award has been awarded to R. Vijayakumar, Tim Sandle and C. Manoharan.
Each year the PHSS provide the George Sykes award for the best scientific article published
during conference year in the European Journal of Parenteral and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The 2012 award was for the following paper:
Vijayakumar, R., Sandle, T. and Manoharan, C. (2012). “A review of fungal contamination in pharmaceutical products and phenotypic identification of contaminants by conventional methods”, European Journal of Parenteral and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 17, No.1: 4-19
The article abstract reads:
“Microbial contamination of pharmaceutical products is one of the major reasons for product recall and manufacturing problems. Knowledge of the distribution of survival microorganisms in pharmaceutical environments is critical in the process control of non-sterile and sterile pharmaceutical products. This knowledge is somewhat limited by the ubiquitous distribution of microorganisms in manufacturing facilities particularly fungal distribution. Identification of these fungi isolates from pharmaceutical environments using standard identification procedures requires experienced skilled technologists. To develop the proper corrective action when out of specification results are obtained, accurate fungal identification is needed if the contamination source has to be determined and tracked. Corrective action may not be effective if erroneous information is used to solve a given problem. This review provides guidance about knowledge of fungal contamination in pharmaceutical products and outlines an economic approach to phenotypic identification using conventional methods.”
Dr. Tim Sandle received his award at the PHSS Annual Conference on October 11, 2012. R. Vijayakumar and C. Manoharan will receive their awards at the inaugural PHSS event in India in December.

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