Article | April 29, 2024

Six Decades Of Impact: DIA's Global Journey

Source: DIA

By Chris M. Slawecki, DIA

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The Drug Information Association (DIA) was born from discussions among pharmaceutical and medical professionals in October 1964, culminating in its inaugural meeting on October 9, 1965, in Washington, DC. The American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy documented this historic event in its February 1966 issue, featuring speeches by founding members Eric W. Martin and Chester S. Keefer. Over the past six decades, DIA has evolved into a global forum facilitating dialogue and action to advance public health. Its founding pillars—safety, standardization, automation, technology, collaboration, and cooperation—continue to guide its mission. DIA's scope has expanded to encompass drug development, registration, patient access, and global engagement. Notably, DIA has played a pivotal role in key initiatives such as supporting the European Medicines Agency's capacity-building efforts and fostering collaboration through organizations like the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH).

As it enters its seventh decade, DIA remains committed to equity, improvement, and its founding ideals, ensuring that it continues to serve as a vital platform for addressing the evolving challenges of the pharmaceutical and medical communication landscape.

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