NPPA's Outstanding Buyer of the Year Award Program

Description & Current Year's Deadline

The National Pharmacy Purchasing Association (NPPA) is proud to honor exemplary work in the field of pharmacy purchasing, with their Outstanding Buyer of the Year Award Program. 

Each year, the Top 3 Awardees are named at the Annual NPPA Conference, and in addition to the distinction, are given corresponding educational cash prize awards, provided by NPPA. 

Deadline for Nominations:  Open through May 29th (2024).

In addition to the instructions below, for more details including pictures of the previous year's awardees, see the NPPA website's "Outstanding Buyer" page.

 Qualifications & Eligibility

Current NPPA Membership:  Nominees must have a current NPPA membership active in their name, valid through the month of August in the corresponding award year (when the recognition ceremony takes place at the Annual NPPA Conference). In addition, all nominees must be pharmacy purchasing professionals currently employed in a pharmacy facility.

Nomination types allowed: Both self-nominations as well as those submitted by a third party (a work supervisor, co-worker, or colleague related to pharmacy purchasing), will all be considered. In the latter case, we suggest that the nominator as well as the nominee submit all or part of the Nomination Form, so the responses are 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 (and NPPA will give the nominee the chance to do so if they didn't already or were unaware of their nomination by the third party). All eligible nominations will be presented to the judging panel and published in NPPA's official member publication, Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook.

Max number of nominations: Three (3) submitted nominations per each nominee will be allowed through our official nomination form process (such as a self-nomination and up to two from supervisors or co-workers). If you have others that want to say a few words for your cause as well, they may do so by sending comments in their own words (along with the nominee’s name and facility name), to our [email protected] address, either in the email memo itself or in an attached Word doc.

Ineligible are as follows: Drug or supply vendor company representatives; Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) executives (such as HealthTrust, Intalere, Premier, Vizient, etc.); those working for pharmacy management companies (such as Comprehensive Pharmacy Services or HCA Healthcare); and 1st and 2nd place winners from the previous 4 years as an NPPA Outstanding Buyer.

Award Distinctions & Prizes

Qualified nominees have the chance to win one of the following 3 distinctions and educational cash prize awards, as provided by NPPA.

1st Place:

  • $1,000 for education/travel

2nd Place:

  • $500 for education/travel

3rd Place:

  • $250 for education/travel

 Determination of Top 3 Awardees

Criteria:  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-but not limited to, the following.

  -Providing a model for excellence; 

  -Helping others to do their jobs better; 

  -Improving the services provided by the Pharmacy 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.

Judging, Status Notifications & Awardee Prize Monies: The 3 Awardees will be determined by a neutral panel of judges, and notified via email as soon as the judging is finalized by mid-July or sooner (as well as the other Nominees being notified of their status at the same time).  Prize monies will be provided by check from NPPA sent via U.S. mail shortly after the judging is completed.  

Award Ceremony & Acknowledgments:  A short award ceremony will be held, with framed Awardee Certificates presented to the Awardees in attendance at that year's NPPA Conference in August; as well as there being a full acknowledgment of all the worthy Nominees up for the award. Awardees will also be announced and published in a post-Conference edition of Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook, as well as on the NPPA website, with photos taken at the Conference of those in attendance.

* 1. Enter the nominee's name, job title, any professional designations (for example, "CPhT"), facility name, address of facility, and the nominee's work email address.
2. If you are a third party submitting this nomination for someone else, please note your relationship to the nominee and also provide your own name, job title, facility, city/state.
* 3. Is the nominee certified, licensed, and/or registered, as a Pharmacy Technician in their city/state?
* 4. Is the nominee a current NPPA member, and will be current through this August?
* 5. What is the number of beds in the nominee facility, and what type of facility is it? (Teaching vs. community; rural vs. urban, etc.)
* 6. Approximately how many dollars per year of pharmaceutical-related expenditures does the nominee purchase or supervise the purchasing of at the nominee's facility?
* 7. What is the average dollar amount of pharmacy inventory that the nominee controls each year?
* 8. What is the nominee's/Pharmacy Department's current Inventory "Turns"? (Divide amount in above Question #6 by amount in above Question #7.)
* 9. How long has the nominee been a Pharmacy Buyer? (Provide the number of years and/or months.)
* 10. What are the nominee’s main responsibilities as a Pharmacy Buyer, and otherwise?
* 11. What is challenging and/or unique about the nominee's facility?
* 12. List any accomplishments or projects the nominee instituted that have either saved money for their department/facility, or helped to make their job or the department run more efficiently. (Please be as detailed as possible in your response.)
* 13. How has the nominee's job changed over the years?
* 14. What does the nominee like about their job?
* 15. What does the nominee dislike about their job?
* 16. What advice does the nominee have for drug company vendor representatives?
* 17. What specific challenges does the nominee face on the job?
* 18. How has the nominee's membership to NPPA helped them in their job and/or personally? (Overall, or from information provided in NPPA's official member-publication Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook.)
* 19. Has the nominee ever attended an Annual NPPA Conference? If so, how did that help in their job after the event? If not, what prevented them from attending?
* 20. If the nominee were one of the top-2 placing awardees for this program, would they be able to attend the upcoming NPPA Conference?
* 21. What other professional organizations (in addition to NPPA) does the nominee belong to or is active with? Also if applicable, explain if the nominee has any specific involvement with each group, other than being a member. (Please include the full names of all organizations as well as listing their acronym/abbreviation.)
* 22. List any other qualifications the nominee may have for this award, such as being recognized by their facility, having an article published, organizing buyer meetings, public speaking, volunteer work, etc.
23. If this is a self-nomination, would you like us to inform your supervisor of this nomination so they are at least aware, and have the option to add any further comments of their own? If so, provide their full name, title, email address, and relationship to you.