Modern Healthcare Names Roger L. Williams 'One of the Most Powerful People in Healthcare'

Rockville, Md., Aug. 23, 2005—Modern Healthcare magazine has named Roger L. Williams, M.D., the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), as one of the 100 most powerful people in healthcare.

The annual survey of the magazine’s readership reflects the importance and value the readership places on certain aspects of the healthcare system. This year the readers placed priority on reimbursement and payment policy but also on quality improvement, safety and access to care. The magazine received over 8,600 nominations.

Dr. Williams has been the chief executive at USP since April 2000. He has led a re-engineering effort to ensure that USP’s products and services meet the needs of practitioners and consumers who seek safe, effective, and good-quality therapeutic products. He has also fostered improved communications with pharmaceutical manufacturers, compounding professionals, and many other stakeholders who utilize the United States Pharmacopeia – National Formulary (USP–NF). USP–NF contains legally recognized standards of identity, strength, quality, purity, packaging, and labeling for active ingredients and therapeutic products, including nutritionals and dietary supplements. It also includes standards for excipients, botanicals and, other similar products.

During Dr. Williams’ tenure, he has established USP’s leadership in promoting the public health by creating a unique knowledge base—consisting of quality standards and information on proper use—for medicines and related products and practices. “Through Dr. Williams’ leadership and extraordinary vision USP has enhanced its role in setting quality standards,” said John W. Mauger, Ph.D., chair of USP’s board of trustees. “Working with partners throughout the world, he has raised awareness of the need to work together for quality medicines worldwide.”

USP’s initiatives to promote good pharmaceutical care for all affect many populations worldwide—consumers and patients; the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement, and related industries; practitioners, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals; the academic science community; and regulatory and other government agencies. USP's standards for product quality ensure that the public receives good and safe pharmaceutical care. USP standards help to assure consumers that the prescription and many nonprescription medications they take are of high quality, consistent in ingredients and strength, and properly labeled and stored.

# # #

USP—Advancing Public Health Since 1820
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, standards-setting organization that advances public health and improves patient safety by ensuring good pharmaceutical care. USP standards, which are recognized worldwide, are developed through a unique process of public involvement by volunteers representing pharmacy, medicine, and other healthcare professions, as well as science, academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry, and consumer organizations. For more information about USP and its standards-setting activities, visit

Sherrie Borden
[email protected]

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.