Member Incentive Programs

 Write an Article for PPO & Receive up to $75

  If you are a current National Pharmacy Purchasing Association (NPPA) Buyer-Member and we publish your 300-550 word article in Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook (PPO), the official bi-monthly publication of NPPA, we will send you $50. For a published article of 600 words or more, you will receive $75.

  Note that we edit for spelling, style, and grammar as necessary, so there’s no need to be concerned—it’s content that we’re looking for.

  Few Pharmacy Buyers have additional purchasing colleagues at their facilities, typically learning by trial-and-error and from personal experience. When Buyers read how others in their field have met challenges, solved problems, innovated, and accomplished projects, it helps every PPO reader. Each Buyer-submitted article is a new perspective on the Pharmacy Buyer experience that may seem obvious or common knowledge to the author but new or inspiring to Buyers in other facilities.

  If you aren’t sure what to write about, here are some suggestions:

      • A project you instituted which helped your department or facility.
      • Something you learned at one of our Annual NPPA Conferences or elsewhere that helps your daily routine or department run more efficiently.
      • Your experience from attending a past NPPA Conference (such as in terms of networking with other Buyers).

  Publishing one or several articles in a national trade publication can often help with recognition and promotion. You will also gain the prestige of being a writer in a nationally recognized publication for your profession and among your peers.

  We hope you are inspired to send in your experiences, ideas, solutions, and thoughts; it doesn’t have to be a long dissertation. Also, everyone enjoys a story or anecdote, so consider writing your article including those elements or approach (if suitable for your topic). We hope to see your comments published in a future edition of PPO!

  Send your article by email as an attached Word document to:

Refer a New NPPA Member & Save 20% on Your Renewal!

  Many Pharmacy Buyers across the country remain unaware of NPPA. We greatly depend on word of mouth to help us spread the word to other Buyers you know, work with, or have as customers.

  Tell Buyers you know about getting involved in supporting NPPA—the first ever devoted to Pharmacy Buyers—and suggest they visit our website ( for more information and to access membership order forms on our Join NPPA page (or call us between 8am to 4pm Pacific Time for questions or to apply by phone).

  When a new Buyer signs up to become an NPPA member, ask them to share your name with us as the referring member to receive a 20% discount off your next membership renewal.

 Refer a Vendor to Exhibit/Sponsor at the NPPA Conference & Get Rewarded!

  To thank our NPPA members for spreading the word about our Annual Conference to the vendors that call on them, we instituted a Sponsor Referral Award incentive program so that if you successfully refer a vendor to display and sponsor our Conference, you’ll be rewarded for your effort. Not only do we award more to new companies, but this incentive even applies to vendors who had previously exhibited and sponsored! (After 3+ years of not doing so.)

  The Exhibitor Brochures include a section to note the referral of an NPPA member—these brochures can be found on our Exhibitor/Sponsor Information page after we open for exhibit orders sometime in January each year. If you’d like to get the Brochure via U.S. Mail, email your request to NPPA Buyer-Members can add their name to the Order Form before giving it to the vendors that call on them, or request that new potential Exhibitors do so when they return their new Exhibitor Order Form to us for processing. See details in the rate schedule below.

Referral Commission –
NEW Conference Exhibitors

A company that has not participated in the
Conference in any form within the last 3 years.

Bronze: $200
Silver: $300
Gold: $400
Platinum: $500
Diamond: $600

Referral Commission –
Previous Exhibitors

Those who were Exhibitors at one of the
Conferences in the last 3 years.

Bronze: $100
Silver: $200
Gold: $300
Platinum: $400
Diamond: $500

Award Details

  Awards for successful referrals may, at the NPPA member’s choice, either go to the Member or the Member’s pharmacy department or facility/health system. Awards will only be funded when the company’s Exhibitor Order is submitted with their initial Order Form, containing the name of the referring NPPA member. Awards are ineligible if such information is missing once the exhibiting company submits the Order Form and deposits it to our offices.

  We understand companies sometimes neglect to add your name on the Order Form. As an alternative, we also accept written confirmation from the referred company. However, written confirmation must be dated within 2 weeks prior to or 2 weeks after the date we receive the Order Form. Also, the representative sending us the confirmation must be listed as one of their company’s main or alternate contacts on their submitted Order Forms. Such Exhibitor company representatives can send us their intentions to include you as their referring party, by fax at 858-581-6372, or send an email to, whether it is included on their Order Form or separately. No verbal confirmations can be accepted.