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Pharmaceutics Department Celebrates Course Milestone

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by enparson
The Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology has been recognized worldwide and has nearly 30 industry partners.

The Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology has been recognized worldwide and has nearly 30 industry partners.

August 20, 2015

The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will celebrate the 50th Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology Sept. 13-18.

“We are very excited to commemorate this milestone in our program,” said Ed Brunson, course director. “The success of the Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology has been outstanding. With 20 to 40 participants per course, our reach has greatly expanded since the first class in 1998.”

The course, which changed venue from the University of Tennessee to the University of Mississippi in 2013, is a postgraduate continuing education opportunity for the pharmaceutical industry. It teaches participants how to make and evaluate tablets that are used to deliver medicines or dietary supplements.

“Our program has been recognized around the world by pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical industries,” Brunson said. “We’ve been acknowledged in Italy, Mexico, Japan, Malaysia and Canada, among many other countries.”

Attendees have a wide variety of expertise, from industry representatives to regulatory agency leaders. The course has 29 industry partners that provide equipment, instruction or sponsorship.

“The tablet technology course has been an asset to the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery,” said Michael A. Repka, professor and chair of the pharmaceutics department and director of its Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology. “It allows us to collaborate with those in the pharmaceutical industry while demonstrating our expertise in traditional and advanced tableting technologies including hot-melt extrusion.”

A reception will be held Sept. 13 to kick off the celebration. David D. Allen, UM pharmacy school dean, and Repka will recognize James R. Johnson, associate professor at the University of Tennessee, and Atul Shukla, former UT professor (posthumously), as founders of the course.

Brunson co-directs the course with Johnson, in collaboration with Repka; Walt Chambliss, UM director of technology management and professor of pharmaceutics; and Soumyajit Majumdar, UM pharmacy school associate dean for research and graduate programs. The course is offered through UM’s Division of Outreach and Continuing Education.

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