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June 10, 2024

I’m driven by need to improve patient outcome – Pharmacist, Adaobi Okeke 

I’m driven by need to improve patient outcome – Pharmacist, Adaobi Okeke 

Adaobi Okeke, a pharmacist hailing from Anambra State, Nigeria, has significantly advanced access to medications in her home country and is poised to make a global impact as she completes her MBA in the United States. With a strong background in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, Okeke has helped millions of Nigerian hypertensive, diabetic, and angina patients obtain life-saving medications.

“I have always been driven by the need to improve patient outcomes and ensure that everyone has access to the best possible treatments,” Okeke stated. 

After earning her undergraduate pharmacy degree with distinction from Obafemi Awolowo University, Okeke immediately embarked on a career in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. She played a crucial role in the registration and compliance of medications such as Daflon®️, Diamicron MR®️, Natrilix SR®️, and Coveram plus®️. Her efforts ensured that Nigerian patients received guideline-recommended treatments for chronic venous diseases, hypertension, diabetes, and angina. Additionally, she conducted extensive pharmacovigilance to ensure patient safety.

“Regulatory affairs is not just about adhering to guidelines; it’s about safeguarding patient health and enhancing the quality of care,” Okeke emphasized.

Upon being accepted to Vanderbilt University’s MBA program, Okeke was awarded the prestigious Forté Fellowship Award, recognizing her leadership and potential to contribute significantly to the business community. She also received the National Black MBA Fellowship Award and the Vanderbilt Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Scholarship Award, further highlighting her academic excellence and commitment to diversity.

“These recognitions are a testament to the hard work and dedication I have put into my studies and my career. They motivate me to continue striving for excellence,” Okeke remarked.

Okeke’s academic journey continued to be illustrious, culminating in her receipt of the Beta Gamma Sigma Award. This honor, bestowed upon the top 20% of business students in AACSB-accredited schools, recognizes her academic excellence, leadership skills, and ethical standards.

“Being part of the Beta Gamma Sigma society is an honor that reflects my commitment to the highest principles of business and healthcare,” Okeke noted.

With her MBA from Vanderbilt University, known for its strength in healthcare, Okeke is equipped with business knowledge and strategic skills that complement her expertise in pharmaceutical sciences and regulatory affairs. She aims to drive impactful changes in healthcare delivery and management globally.

“My goal is to leverage my diverse skill set to innovate and improve healthcare systems worldwide, ensuring that quality medications are accessible to all,” Okeke concluded.

Okeke’s journey from Nigeria to the United States illustrates her unwavering commitment to enhancing global healthcare. Her expertise and determination are set to make significant contributions to the business and healthcare sectors, breaking new ground in medicines access and regulatory compliance.