A recent PSDG poll revealed only 8% of participants anticipated relaxed travel bans this year and two-thirds preferred not to travel even when permitted.

When you think about it, except for some real-life shipping studies, Stability Testing is a virtual process, where samples never leave home, stay safe in their controlled conditions, exclude any unplanned dangerous interlopers and then share “how they’re doing” electronically. Of course, the highlight of a Stabilitarian’s day is to have hands and eyeballs on samples fresh out of chambers so they can see what’s going on in person. The same is true for stability chambers and stakeholders which both directly support our process and have important visual and audio impact on how we receive their input.

The hum of a chamber and facial expressions of a stakeholder influence our understanding and help shape our decisions and course of actions. Yet, in these times of pandemic, we must function without many of these familiar parameters. Alas, with rising infection rates and continuing travel bans, it’s also true of our professional gatherings. We will apply the virtual aspects of the stability process to the 2020 Pharmaceutical Stability Discussion Group (PSDG) Meeting.

A recent PSDG poll revealed only 8% of participants anticipated relaxed travel bans this year and two-thirds preferred not to travel even when permitted. We will temporarily miss the enjoyable face to face interactions and shared experience of an evening activity but can carry on with the sharing of stability practices, war stories of inspections, and mechanical and information technology challenges. The Sunday mini-course and Vendor exhibition will go forward in virtual format. Polling and Breakout Sessions are remote-compatible and even a host company virtual site tour may be possible. With these amenities still intact, PSDG 2020 will join the growing number of events to go virtual this year. With your safety secured, we hope you will join us for the on-line PSDG Meeting Nov 15-17 to access the many aspects of Stability information that come together along with your Stabilitarian peers. Further information and registration materials for attenders and vendors can be requested from psdg@rcn.com.

Looking forward to seeing you on-screen,
John O’Neill
PSDG Facilitator

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