Dear Friends,

When American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance, “APPA”, was first established, our goal was to educate and inform our members of the ever changing pharmaceutical purchasing industry. By keeping our readers abreast of ongoing changes and enhancements, our members become equipped with beneficial and relevant information to assist their personal and professional growth in this complex industry. APPA also offers a forum for members and non-members alike to share their experiences and build lasting relationships that will hopefully assist in their expansion as well as in ours.

APPA is proud to have a considerable representation of experts and professionals in the field of Pharmacy Purchasing in its membership roster. These individuals along with APPA believe pharmacy purchasing deserves recognition in the industry. To acknowledge the commitment, dedication, and excellence for distributors, wholesalers, manufacturers, vendors, pharmacy technicians, pharmacists and pharmacy buyers, APPA has introduced the Industry Awards.

APPA’s Industry Awards, not only serves to acknowledge the commitment of excellence from these professionals, but also to relay to the rest of the pharmaceutical world the significance of their field to the overall pharmaceutical community. These individuals are a small representation of the hard work and dedication that is necessary and essential for the success of this industry and the importance of the services offered to the public in their daily lives. What may take a few hours in their day, will translate to make life altering differences in the customer who receives their care and services.

The polls were opened on January 1, 2016 and closed on March 31st, 2016 to an overwhelming response of industries’ peers and customers. These individuals voted on nominees listed in 18 categories.

All the individuals nominated for these categories have not only been acknowledged by their peers and by their customers/clients, but they are a true representation of the importance the pharmaceutical industry has on our lives as professionals and as individuals. Whether or not you know it, our profession changes lives for the good and these awards are evident of that fact.

Though there is only one winner, all nominated individuals are already winners for making the list. Without further ado, the winners are:

  • PHARMACY BUYER OF THE YEAR

Lisa Saminathen – Santa Clara Valley Medical Center – San Francisco, CA

 

  • PHARMACY TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR

Steffani Sweetman – Asher College – Sacramento, CA

 

  • PHARMACIST OF THE YEAR

Travis Hale – Remington Drug – Remington, VA

 

  • PHARMACEUTICAL SALES REP OF THE YEAR

Marc Weiss – AmerisourceBergen – Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

  • INSIDE SALES REP OF THE YEAR

Kelby Keeling – AmerisourceBergen – Dallas, TX

 

  • CEO OF THE YEAR

Steven H. Collis – AmerisourceBergen Corporation

 

  • HALL OF FAME AWARD (20+ YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE)

Suzette DiMascio – CSI Specialty Group

 

  • HOSPITAL PHARMACY OF THE YEAR

Florida Hospital Orlando – Orlando, FL

 

  • INDEPENDENT PHARMACY OF THE YEAR

Good Neighbor Pharmacy

 

  • SPECIALTY PHARMACY OF THE YEAR

OptumRX

 

  • COMMUNITY ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

AmerisourceBergen

 

  • INDUSTRY NEWS PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Pharmacy Times

 

  • PHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Accudose

 

  • PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR

MannKind Corporation

 

  • PHARMACEUTICAL DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR

AmerisourceBergen

 

  • PHARMACEUTICAL WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR

ParagonMeds

 

  • PHARMACY SPECIALTY SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

Humco

 

  • TELE MEDICINE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

LifeMD

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for your ongoing commitment to excellence! Also, APPA would like to thank all of our members and participants for their loyalty and support. We are only as successful as the company we keep.