Professor Mahendra G Patel, PhD FRPharmS FHEA Alumni Fellow NICE FIPA (India) is a leading pharmacist and academic with a national and international standing having professorial roles at a number of universities including Sussex, Bradford, Birmingham City, Wilkes USA and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
As Pharmacy and ethnic minority communities Research Lead in the world’s largest clinical trial investigating treatment options for Covid-19 in the community, the Principle trial, University of Oxford, Mahendra has helped trial recruitment to be favourably inclusive and diverse as reported in The Lancet and showcased as an exemplar by the NIHR. He is also now a national lead on the UK government’s priority trial, the PANORAMIC trial at the University of Oxford, for the treatment of Covid-19 in the community using new antiviral agents.
“Pharmacists and community pharmacy have for decades played a significant role in providing care to patients in a range of settings. During the Covid pandemic pharmacists have been under significant stress and yet have tirelessly battled through gallantly to keep communities healthy and safe. Being recognised with an OBE in the New Year's Honours list for my services to pharmacy is extra special and beyond any dreams. I would like to think this honour is as much for pharmacy as it is for me,” Prof Mahendra Patel told Asian Voice.