Amy Bachyrycz Named 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist

Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times Honor Leading Pharmacists

  • Thirty pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists from across the country were honored by Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times in 10 distinct award categories.
  • Next-Generation Pharmacist rewards and encourages excellence in patient care, pharmacy operations and vision.
  • The August issue of Pharmacy Times was unveiled, featuring a photo of the event’s top winner on the cover.

DURHAM, N.C. Aug. 12, 2013 — More than 250 pharmacy leaders gathered at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last night to celebrate the rock stars of pharmacy and see who would win the national title of “2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist” — an award that lands the winner on the August cover of Pharmacy Times, the industry’s most-read publication.

Amy Bachyrycz, PharmD, of the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and Walgreens Patient Care Center in Albuquerque, NM, was the top honoree at the fourth annual Next-Generation Pharmacist awards event, presented by Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times. The program’s 10 categories recognize pharmacists, technicians and students who are defining the future of pharmacy in a rapidly changing health care system.

“The Next-Generation Pharmacist program celebrates today’s pharmacy stars who raise the bar for future industry leaders and innovators,” said Tom Rhoads, CEO of Parata Systems. “We are delighted to honor Amy with this national recognition for her tireless work to advance the industry, mentor its future leaders and improve outcomes for the many patients whose lives she touches daily in her work as a pharmacist.”

In July, three finalists were named in each category from a field of more than 420 nominations, and last night, the winners in each category were announced on stage by Rhoads and Ashley Hennessy, associate publisher of Pharmacy Times. Bachyrycz was named the “2013 Patient Care Provider of the Year,” chosen specifically for her career accomplishments, industry leadership at UNM and dedication to helping her customers at Walgreens.

From the winners of the eight pharmacist categories, Bachyrycz was chosen as the evening’s top honoree, earning the title of “2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist.”

The 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist categories and winners are:

Civic Leader of the Year: Kevin Musto, RPh, Atlantic Apothecary, Smyrna, DE

Entrepreneur of the Year: Bob Lomenick, RPh, Tyson Drug Company, Holly Springs, MS

Future Pharmacist of the Year: Hoda Masmouei, PharmD candidate, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL

Lifetime Achievement Award: COL William Pickard, RPh, Campbell University College of Pharmacy, Buies Creek, NC

Military Pharmacist of the Year: LTC Leslie Walthall, PharmD, US Army Medical Service Corps, San Antonio, TX

Patient Care Provider of the Year: Amy Bachyrycz, PharmD, University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy / Walgreens Patient Care Center, Albuquerque, NM

Rising Star of the Year: LCDR Randy Steers, PharmD, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Health Care Center, Talihina, OK

Specialty Pharmacist of the Year: Samuel Grossman, BSPharm, PharmD, Diabetes Care On-The-Go Inc., New York, NY

Technician of the Year: HM1 Angela Calalo, US Naval Hospital Guam Pharmacy, Guam

Technology Innovator of the Year: CDR Marc Young, PharmD, Navy Medicine Information Systems Support Activity, San Antonio, TX

Winners and finalists were chosen by an independent panel of esteemed judges chaired by Pharmacy Times Editor-in-Chief Fred Eckel. All of the 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist award winners are profiled on Pharmacy Times’ website,, and in the publication’s August issue, which was unveiled at the event with Bachyrycz on the cover.

Pharmacy Times is honored to have Amy on the cover of this month’s issue,” said Eckel. “Her motivation and success in both of her pharmacy positions have made her an excellent role model for all industry professionals.”

Sponsors for this year’s Next-Generation Pharmacist program were Pharmacy Development Services, Novo Nordisk, Upsher-Smith, BD Medical, McKesson, Independent Pharmacy Cooperative, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, Quantum Health and Parata Financial.

For a 2013 event recap and information on next year’s Next-Generation Pharmacist awards, visit or


About Parata

Parata is a trusted brand, providing intuitive pharmacy automation technology and medication management solutions that enable pharmacists to improve accuracy, productivity, medication adherence, and patient health outcomes. Parata PASS™ organizes medications by date, time and dose in strip packaging that makes it easy for patients, caregivers and nurses to ensure they are taken at the right time, every time. Parata Max® and Parata Mini® ensure fast, accurate dispensing in vials. Pharmacy 2000™ workflow software extends accuracy across a pharmacy’s entire prescription volume. Founded in 2001, Parata is based in Durham, N.C. To learn more, visit,, 888-PARATA1 (727-2821), Facebook or Twitter.

About Pharmacy Times

Pharmacy Times is the industry’s leading publication, providing practical, clinical information pharmacists can use in their everyday practices when counseling patients and interacting with physicians. Each issue contains articles and features covering medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law and specialty pharmacy. The Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Learn more at, or 609-716-7777 and on Facebook at and on Twitter @Pharmacy_Times. Pharmacy Times is published by Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc., a leading provider of health care publishing, research, information, and education.

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