Dr. Rao Vadlamudi - CPA's new President
The newly elected President of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association was announced at the closing ceremony at our recent conference in Sydney, July 2017. We are delighted to have Dr. Rao Vadlamudi on board as our President.
CPA President acceptance speech
With great pleasure and humility, I accept the position of the President of the Commonwealth pharmaceutical association. I thank the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association’s outgoing president, the executive committee, and the councilors for electing me to the office of the president.
I am committed to the CPA’s objective of “Empowering pharmacists to improve health and well-being throughout the Commonwealth”. Armed with the experience gained as the president of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association, one of the largest professional associations among the commonwealth countries, I am confident that I would be able to lead the CPA to achieve its objectives. I am aware that the commonwealth represents a group of diverse countries spread all across the globe, in which pharmacy profession and the role of pharmacists are established to varying extents. However, the problems faced by the healthcare and the pharmacy profession are uniquely similar across the commonwealth and the entire world. Widespread emergence of antimicrobial resistance, increasing menace of non-communicable diseases and lack of easily accessible quality medicines and pharmaceutical care further aggravate the situation in most countries. In general, there is still a lack of awareness of the role of a pharmacist and willingness to accept pharmacist as an important healthcare provider.
We pharmacists are always concerned that someone is coming in the way of us getting due recognition as an integral part of the healthcare team. We at CPA must understand that there is no single solution for this problem and we shall move on several fronts to counter it. We must emphatically use our collective wisdom, ideas, and opinions in the form of advocacy initiatives to convince the government, the policy makers, the trade associations and the industry leaders that pharmacists must be there in each and every pharmacy, for that matter, wherever medicines are handled! We must commit ourselves to the cause of ensuring that there is a pharmacist in every pharmacy!
I seek your support and cooperation to successfully lead the association to accomplish this goal. I would like to thank the Indian Pharmaceutical Association, my parent organization, for nominating me to work with the CPA. Thank you all!
Sydney, July 30, 2017