Top Stories of 2014
This article was originally published in The Gold Sheet
Readers of “The Gold Sheet” focused more on articles about data integrity than any other topic last year, which is a big reason why data integrity was the No. 1 story of 2014. A number of other highly read articles last year focused on additional topics that were also among the top stories in pharmaceutical manufacturing quality last year.
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