Next-Generation Pharmacist® Program Nominations Open Today


Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times, founding partners of the Next-Generation Pharmacist® awards, are now accepting nominations for the 2016 program.

PLAINSBORO, N.J. (Jan. 20, 2016) — Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times, founding partners of the Next-Generation Pharmacist® awards, are now accepting nominations for the 2016 program. Next-Generation Pharmacist is the industry’s leading national awards program, recognizing outstanding pharmacists, technicians, student pharmacists and industry advocates.

“Each year, the Next-Generation Pharmacist program celebrates the best and brightest in the pharmacy industry,” said DJ Dougherty, CEO, Parata Systems. “In our seventh year, we look forward to recognizing outstanding pharmacists, technicians and students who are defining the future of their profession. We encourage all pharmacy leaders to submit a nomination, and we look forward to celebrating them at this year’s awards gala.”

The 2016 awards gala will be held on August 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This culminating event is a chance to recognize the finalists for their leadership, passion, and commitment to an evolving health care industry. Finalists and category winners will receive their awards and be recognized by their peers for this exclusive industry honor. One winner will be named the 2016 Next-Generation Pharmacist, the program’s top honor, and will be featured on the August 2016 cover of Pharmacy Times.

“We are proud to partner with Parata Systems again to continue the mission of the Next-Generation Pharmacist,” said Ashley Talamo, publisher of Pharmacy Times. “This awards program is an opportunity to honor those who stand up and make a difference in the lives of their patients, and in the pharmacy profession, and a reminder to all just how much the role of pharmacist continues to expand in our changing health care system.”

The 2016 Next-Generation Pharmacist program includes 11 categories. Nominations may be submitted through April 24, 2016. An independent panel of esteemed judges, chaired by Pharmacy Times editor-in-chief, Fred M. Eckel, RPh, M.S., ScD (Hon.), will evaluate entries. Up to three finalists will be named in each category. These finalists will be featured in the June 2016 issue of Pharmacy Times and on

“The role of the pharmacist grows increasingly important in the overall care of patients and creating better patient outcomes, no matter the setting,” added Michael Evans, B.S., RPh, director of ambulatory clinical pharmacy programs at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., and the 2015 Next-Generation Pharmacist. “The Next-Generation Pharmacist awards recognize those pharmacists who are committed to adding value to our health care practice and improving the lives of the patients we work with.”

This year’s nomination categories are:

  • Civic Leader
  • Entrepreneur
  • Future Pharmacist
  • Health-System Pharmacist
  • Lifetime Leadership
  • Military Pharmacist
  • Patient Care Provider
  • Rising Star
  • Specialty Pharmacist
  • Technician
  • Technology Innovator

For complete category descriptions, eligibility requirements, and our online nomination tool, visit For regular updates, follow Next-Generation Pharmacist on Twitter and Facebook.

About Parata Systems, LLC

Parata provides technology solutions to support coordinated care, better health outcomes and lower medical costs, empowering pharmacists to grow their business. Founded in 2001, the Durham, N.C.-based company is a brand trusted by more than 12,000 pharmacies, and a growing number of global health care professionals serving diverse patient populations. Our technology has filled more than 2.5 billion prescriptions, helping pharmacists avoid an estimated 15 million medication errors. For more information, visit, contact us via or 888-PARATA1 (727-2821), or check us out on Facebook or Twitter.

About Pharmacy Times

Pharmacy Times is the industry’s leading publication, providing practical, clinical information pharmacists can use in their everyday practice 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 is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Learn more at, write to, call 609-716-7777 or visit us on Facebook and on Twitter. Pharmacy Times is published by Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc., a leading provider of health care publications, research, information and education.

Next-Generation Pharmacist® is a trademark of Parata Systems, LLC.


Media contacts:

For Pharmacy Times

Kirk McKay, executive editor, Pharmacy Times, 609-716-7777, ext. 143, or

Alana Suko, Hornercom, 267-932-8760 ext. 310 or

For Parata

Dawn Astorino, marketing manager, Parata Systems, 919-433-4357 or

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