Outstanding Pharmacy Buyer of the Year Award Program

The 2018 Nomination period has now CLOSED

Winners will be recognized at August 2018 NPPA Conference
And in a future edition of NPPA’s member-publication

Thanks to 2018’s returning sponsor,
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories!

See Photos of 2017 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), nor a GPO (Group Purchasing Organization). 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 late June, see details on Nomination Form), will be printed in the approximately 6 editions of Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook, leading up to the Conference time in August (exact editions start & end dependent on what date the Program opens that year and how many nominations are received).  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 one of the post-Conference editions of Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook.  Nominees will be informed of their status as soon as the judging is finalized (in late July or early August).


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 2017 Outstanding Buyer of the Year Awards
As Sponsored By Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc.


1st Place:  

Maureen Christoph
Pharmacy Inventory Control Specialist

Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Sarasota, Florida

Received $1,000 Award for Education/Travel

2nd Place:

Karen Berry, BS
Senior Pharmacy Buyer

Children’s Hospital
Los Angeles, California

Received $500 Award for Education/Travel

3rd Place:

April Friedlander, CPhT
Pharmacy Buyer

Redmond Regional Medical Center
Rome, Georgia

Received $200 Award for Education/Travel

Nominees for 2017 Outstanding Buyer Award

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

David Allen, RPT, CPhT – Pharmacy Buyer, Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Florida

Antonette Armijo, CPhT – Pharmacy Purchasing Tech, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rodney Elliott, CPhT – Pharmacy Purchasing Agent/Technology Coord., Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Tara Hughes, CPhT – Pharmacy Buyer/Technician, Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital, Dansville, New York

Kelli Pardee, CPhT – Pharmacy Purchasing Specialist, Memorial Health Care, Owosso, Michigan

Karenina Russell  Pharmacy Buyer, Sharp Coronado Hospital, Coronado, California

Jim Thomas, CPhT – Pharmacy Buyer, Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk, Nebraska

Kerry Young  Pharmacy Buyer, Specialists Hospital Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana

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