Ocampo is a leading pharmacist and a staunch advocate of good pharmacy practice in the Philippines. She is a key industry expert with exceptional and wide ranging experience including community pharmacy, pharmacy operations and management, academe, research and policy consultant/advocate.
Together with other pharmacy experts and leaders in the country, Ocampo painstakingly fought for new policies that aim to improve pharmacy service and healthcare delivery to patients. Despite strong opposition from business-oriented pharmacy owners, Ocampo persistently lobbied for the legislation of a new pharmacy law, “The Pharmacy Act of 2016,” which paves the way for major changes in the country’s pharmacy practice among which includes the professionalization of pharmacy workforce.
In accepting the international recognition, Ocampo promises to become a “potent contributor to the discussions and solution building that may forward policy options, educational interventions, and practice models that may address the challenges in the [pharmacy] profession” not only in the Philippines but “across settings in many parts of Asia.”
“As a pharmacist from the Philippines, I wish to share the unique lessons we had as well as the practical strategies we have employed to overcome overwhelming limitations in the country, to effect changes in pharmacy education and practice. The perspectives I will bring in are grounded on the reality of constraints and value of innovation,” Ocampo further notes in her message to FAPA.###