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Nomination Eligibility

  • Entries are free.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and welcome.
  • Nominees must be licensed, registered pharmacists for all but three award categories:
    • Third-year and higher pharmacy students qualify for the Future Pharmacist 2021 category.
    • Certified pharmacy technicians and/or DoD technicians that are State Licensed qualify for the Technician 2021 category.
    • Technology Innovator may be a Pharmacy Owner / Manager / Pharmacist.
  • Individuals may be nominated for as many categories as are appropriate; however, they can only be a finalist in the one category in which they are scored the highest.   
  • Multiple nominations in a single category do not increase chances of winning.
  • Individuals who were nominated or won awards in the Program in previous years are eligible to be nominated or win in the 2021 Program.
  • Entries must be submitted Tuesday, June 15 at 11:59 PM (PDT) to be eligible.
  • Note: Don't forget to hit "Submit." After you've completed all required fields, click "View Entries" in the left navigation and follow the submission instructions. Please be sure you do not want to make any other edits to your entry prior to submitting.

Official Rules


The Next-Generation Pharmacist® program (“Program”) is designed to recognize pharmacy professionals who are defining the future of pharmacy. The national awards program recognizes and honors pharmacists, technicians, student pharmacists and industry advocates. Now in its eleventh year, the program includes 10 categories. The Next-Generation Pharmacist recognizes winners in ten (10) categories and one (1) winner will be named the 2021 “Next-Generation Pharmacist” — the program’s top honor (“Awards”).  The Next-Generation Pharmacist must be a licensed registered Pharmacist.


Nominations for the 2021 Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards must be submitted by 11:59 pm PDT on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 to be eligible. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. NOMINEES MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, D.C., AND GUAM WHO ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD AND LEGAL RESIDENTS OF PUERTO RICO WHO ARE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OLD AND CURRENTLY A PRACTICING PHARMACIST PHARMACY MANAGER, OR A PHARMACY STUDENT AT THE TIME OF THE APPLICATION AND AWARD. Nominees must be licensed and registered pharmacists to be considered for the Awards with the exception of three award categories: (1) third-year and higher pharmacy students may qualify for the Future Pharmacist 2021 category; (2) certified pharmacy technicians and/or DoD technicians that are State Licensed may qualify for the Technician 2021 category and (3) Pharmacy Owners/ Managers/ Pharmacists may qualify for the Technology Innovator 2021. Void where prohibited by law. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

Enter a nomination by (1) registering at nextgenpharmacist.com; (2) completing all the required fields; (3) clicking “View Entries” in the left navigation and follow the submission instructions; (4) checking the box agreeing to these Official Rules; and (5) submitting the entry form pursuant to the on-screen instructions.

All information included in the nomination must be true, and include no proprietary or confidential information.

Judges of the Program are not eligible as nominees and as such cannot self-nominate. Notwithstanding the foregoing, individuals may be nominated for as many categories as are appropriate. Nominators can submit as many nominations as they like. Multiple nominations in a single category do not increase chances of winning.  Individuals who were nominated or won awards in the Program in previous years are eligible to be nominated or win in the 2021 Program.

Persons in any of the following categories are ineligible (a) persons who since December 1, 2017, were or are employees or agents of Parata Systems, LLC, Pharmacy and Healthcare Communications, LLC, the promotion administrator; or their respective parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, service agencies, sponsors and any independent contractors of any kind of the above organizations; (b) individuals engaged in the development, production, or distribution of materials or the implementation of the Awards (including, but not limited to those individuals judging the Program); and (c) employees of the persons in the immediate family of, or persons living in the same household as any person in any of the preceding categories.

Nominations must be written in English. Nominations that do not fully comply with the requirements set forth herein may be disqualified. Nominations must not infringe any third-party rights and must not defame or invade publicity rights or the privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe on any person’s personal or proprietary rights. No methods of entry other than the methods specifically described herein will be accepted. Sponsors are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected or incomplete entries or unsuccessful attempts to enter. Incomplete entries and/or entries not received by the deadlines will not be eligible.


All eligible entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of esteemed judges, chaired by Pharmacy Times' Editor-in-Chief Troy Trygstad. The judging panel’s decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the Awards. Up to three (3) finalists will be named in each category. If a finalist is nominated in multiple categories, that finalist will only be eligible for an award in the category in which he/she scored highest. The entries will be judged on the following criteria: professional standards, namely, evidence that the nominee has displayed the highest standards with regard to the tenets of the pharmacy profession, including commitment to patient care, ethical judgment, and customer service (35 points); experience, namely, the strength of the nominee’s background in pharmacy and how it relates to the specific category he/she has entered; years of experience appropriate to category (20 points); and advancement to the profession, namely, the strength of evidence that the nominee has made a significant contribution(s) to the pharmacy profession as a whole through his or her individual work; proof of leadership to advance the profession; clear evidence of mentorship, if applicable to category (45 points). Finalists will be notified by telephone and/or email on or before July 30, 2021. Winners of the Awards will be announced at the Next-Generation Pharmacist awards ceremony held on October 8, 2021 in Charlotte, NC.   Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. For a list of finalists and/or winners, send a separate self-addressed, stamped envelope to Parata Systems, LLC, 106 Roche Drive, Durham, North Carolina, 27703.


Winners of the Awards will receive a trophy in recognition of their achievement. All costs and expenses associated with the Award acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided such as reservation fees, taxes, insurance, cellular charges, gratuities, and other expenses incurred by accepting the Award are the sole responsibility of the Winner. Winner is responsible for paying any necessary State and Federal taxes related to the Award. The limit is one (1) winner per category. There are a total of ten (10) categories. Additionally, one (1) winner will receive the Next-Generation Pharmacist Award. Finalists will be notified by telephone and/or email on or before July 30, 2021. Sponsors reserve the right to have the potential winner sign and return to Sponsors, within ten (10) days of prize notification, an affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize if applicable. If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. Upon disqualification, the Award will be forfeited and no compensation will be given. Awards are not transferable. No cash or prize substitutions, except the sponsor, reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.


All entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be returned. Information collected by the Sponsors in connection with the entries and Awards may be used by the Sponsors and shared with third parties involved in the administration of the Awards. Information collected from entrants is subject to the Sponsors’ Privacy Policies available at http://parata.com/privacy-policy and http://www.pharmacytimes.com/privacy. Each Sponsor is responsible solely for their own respective privacy policy and neither Sponsor is responsible for any disclosure made by the other or any third party. By participating in the Awards and providing their information, entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted the Privacy Policies.


Nominators and nominees warrant and represent that their nomination is (a) original work created solely by the nominator and is the exclusive property of the nominator alone; (b) does not infringe on the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party; (c) has not been previously published, released, or distributed in any form; and (d) has not won an award.

Nominators and nominees participating in the Program irrevocably grant Sponsors the (i) unconditional, perpetual and unrestricted right to review nominee’s nomination for judging and administrative purposes of the Program, and (ii) the unconditional, perpetual and unrestricted right to reproduce, store, copy, publish, post, display, edit and/or otherwise use or reuse the nomination, whether it is chosen as an award recipient or not, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by Sponsors in their sole discretion, and to use nominee’s name, likeness, photo, hometown, affiliation, and/or statements regarding his/her participation in the Next Generation Pharmacist Awards (with or without using the nominee’s name) in any media now known or later developed, worldwide, at no additional compensation or approval from the nominee or any other party unless prohibited by law.

By participating, nominators and nominees release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Parata Systems, LLC, Pharmacy and Healthcare, LLC and the promotion administrator, their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising/promotional agencies, and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders and agents, and any successors or assigns of any of the above organizations from any and all liability for any injuries, losses or damages to person (including death) and/or property of any kind caused in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by participation in the Program or the acceptance, possession or use/misuse of Award or the participation in this program or any Next-Generation Pharmacist program-related activity.


Sponsors reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Program and/or Awards, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsors’ reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Program and/or Awards, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors make no warranties, and hereby disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning any Award furnished in connection with the Program. In such event, all nominations received prior to the impairment will be judged and winners will be selected from the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment.

Sponsors reserve the right, to disqualify any individual found, in their sole opinion, to be tampering with the operation of the Program and/or Awards; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike manner or with the intent to disrupt the normal operation of the Program and/or Awards.

In the event of any conflict with any Program details contained in these Official Rules and Program details contained in other Program-related materials, the details of the Program as set forth in these Official Rules shall prevail.


This Program is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey, without regard to any principles of conflict of laws. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Program and/or Awards will be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of New Jersey and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of New Jersey. To the extent permitted by applicable law, all judgments or awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket damages (excluding attorneys’ fees) associated with participation in this Promotion and shall not include any indirect, punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages.


The Sponsors of the Next-Generation Pharmacist program are Parata Systems, LLC, 106 Roche Drive, Durham, North Carolina, 27703 and Pharmacy and Healthcare Communications, LLC, 666 Plainsboro Road, Building 300, Plainsboro, New Jersey 08536.

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