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  DIA is a global volunteer and member community representing thousands of life science professionals working together to bring innovative, safe and effective medical products to patients. An association of more than 30,000 key stakeholders, DIA, founded as the Drug Information Association, builds productive relationships by bringing together regulators, life sciences professionals, academics and researchers, patient advocates and other influencers to exchange knowledge and collaborate in a neutral setting.

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DIA’s founding in 1964 was closely tied to the 1962 passage of the Kefauver-Harris Drug Amendments implemented in the US after the use of thalidomide to treat morning sickness in expectant mothers was found to cause birth defects in thousands of babies born in Europe. These Amendments established a framework that required drug manufacturers to prove scientifically that a medication was not only safe, but effective. 

DIA was founded by a group of 30 individuals whose primary objective was the facilitation, standardization and sharing of information with professionals in medical and drug information related industries, to help all interested parties work within this new scientific and regulatory framework.

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50th Anniversary

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In 2014, our DIA 2014 50th Annual Meeting: Celebrate the Past – Invent the Future did more than convene a celebration of the association’s half-century mark. Featuring Keynote Speaker Jamie Heywood, Co-Founder and Chairman of PatientsLikeMe, and the first Annual Meeting co-chairs in DIA history (Dr. Sandra L. Kweder, Deputy Director, Office of New Drugs, CDER, FDA; and Dr. Freda C. Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Pfizer, Inc.), DIA 2014 also illustrated DIA’s unique ability to bring industry, regulatory and patient leadership together to advance therapeutic innovation and regulatory science to benefit the world’s patients.

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DIA is an neutral, nonprofit organization with its global center located in Washington, DC, US and with regional offices covering North and South America (Horsham, Pennsylvania, US); China (Beijing); Europe, Middle East & Africa (Basel, Switzerland); India (Mumbai); and Japan (Tokyo). For more information, visit www.diahome.org.

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