Biggest ever PM Society Awards

Gyles Brandreth - PM Awards (web) The 27th Pharmaceutical Marketing (PM) Society Advertising Awards had the largest number of entrants ever (350) and saw the event expanding into the digital and exhibition arenas.

Notable winners among the advertising agencies included Langland Advertising, which won in seven categories (with 10 commendations), and VCCP Health, which won in three categories (with two commendations).

Of 36 pharmaceutical companies competing for the PM Society Awards, the most successful was Abbott with four wins and five commendations.

Three pharmaceutical companies – Astellas, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson – won two awards each, and another five – CSL Behring, Eisai, Janssen, Sanofi Pasteur MSD and Takeda – won one each.

Neil Smith, PM Society Advertising Awards Chairman, commented: “As ever, the truly aspirational creative treatments stand head and shoulders above the rest and their success is reflected by our industry and healthcare judges.”

From over 50 campaigns entered for the Awards, the most successful on the day were Langland’s campaign for Abbott’s drug Hidrasec (four wins and one commendation); the same agency’s campaign for Bayer’s Sativex (two wins and two commendations); and Lime’s campaign for Astellas’ Protopic (one win and two commendations).

Remarkably, Concentric Advertising won both the Primary and the Secondary Care Target Awards for one advertisement.

Two of the most coveted awards were the Healthcare Industry Award, won by relative newcomer VCCP Health, and the Geoff Brook Innovation Award, snagged by the Woolley Pau Gyro agency.

New awards were presented in three digital advertising categories, and exhibition displays were recognised in a new category for the first time.

The lunchtime awards ceremony in London was hosted by broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth.

The PM Society, which promotes marketing excellence in the healthcare and life science industries, is a non-profit organisation with members in over 230 UK companies.

In 2012 the Society launched Interest Groups addressing key challenges facing UK pharmaceutical marketers: market access, digital marketing, NHS partnerships, patient engagement and personal development.