Outstanding Pharmacy Buyer of the Year Award Program

2017 Nominations NOW OPEN!  Click HERE

For criteria & eligibility, see below or on Nomination Form

 Thanks to 2017’s returning sponsor,
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories!

See Photos of 2016 Awardees Below


NPPA’s Outstanding Pharmacy Buyer of the Year Award Program

The NPPA is proud to honor exemplary work in the field of pharmacy purchasing through the Outstanding Buyer of the Year Award!  Each year the Top 3 Awardees are named at the Annual NPPA Conference and, in addition to the distinction, are given corresponding educational prize awards.

Qualifications & Eligibility

Nominees must have a current NPPA membership active in their name (valid through the month of August in the corresponding award year).  In addition, all nominees must be pharmacy purchasing professionals currently employed in a pharmacy facility, and can not be employed by a pharmacy vendor company (such as a vendor for drugs or pharmacy supplies).  Also, 1st and 2nd place winners from previous award years are not eligible for the current year’s Outstanding Buyer of the Year program.

Nominations by a supervisor, co-worker, or colleague related to the pharmacy purchasing field, as well as self-nominations, will both be considered.  In these cases, we suggest that both the nominator, as well as the nominee, complete all or part of the Nomination Form so the form is as complete as possible.  This gives the nominee the opportunity to comment further than the nominator may have been able to do, or allows them to add some additional remarks.  Both eligible nominations will be presented to the judging panel and published in NPPA’s member publication, Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook.

Completed nominations received from the opening date of submission (in early January each year) until the submission deadline (in early July each year), will be printed in the corresponding January/February through July/August editions of Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook.  The winners will be determined by a neutral panel of judges and announced at that year’s NPPA Conference in August during the Opening Session on the first day of the conference, as well as in the September edition of Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook (the next edition after the Conference).  Nominees will be informed of their status as soon as the judging is finalized (prior to the end of July).


The criteria used to evaluate the significance of the nominee’s accomplishments within the past year takes into account the level of positive impact the individual made within their pharmacy during the year such as the following:

      • Providing a model for excellence
      • Helping others to do their jobs better
      • Improving the services provided by the department
      • Streamlining business process efficiency
      • Applying innovation or creativity to job duties
      • Developing new job skills
      • Keeping a consistently positive attitude despite workload demands
      • Accomplishing savings in cost and/or time 

Award Distinctions

Qualified nominees have the chance to win one of the following 3 distinctions and educational prize awards.

1st Place:

$1,000 awarded for education/travel

2nd Place:  

$500 awarded for education/travel

3rd Place:  

$250 awarded for education/travel

    Results of 2016 Outstanding Buyer of the Year Awards
    As Sponsored By Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc.


    1st Place:  

    Pamela Kindall
    Pharmacy Purchasing Specialist

    North Arkansas Regional Medical Center
    Harrison, Arkansas

    Received $1,000 Award for Education/Travel

    2nd Place:

    Linda K. Nelson
    Corporate Pharmacy Buyer

    Shriners Hospitals for Children
    Tampa, Florida

    Received $500 Award for Education/Travel

    3rd Place:

    Bell Hoy, CPhT
    Pharmacy Purchasing Manager

    The Ohio State University Medical Center Columbus, Ohio

    Received $200 Award for Education/Travel

    Nominees for 2016 Outstanding Buyer Award

    Christine Adkinson, CPhT – Pharmacy Buyer & Lead Technician, Island Hospital, Anacortes, Washington

    Patrick Gallagher, CPhT – Pharmacy Buyer/Technician, Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), Santa Monica, California

    Regena Millis – Pharmacy Purchaser, Cullman Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Cullman, Alabama

    To View Past Awardees, Click Here