Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems Unveil Specifics of 2016 Next-Generation Pharmacist® Awards Gala

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Finalists and Attendees to Celebrate at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts with Comedian Jimmy Tingle and The Paul Ahlstrand Quartet Jazz Band

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Next-Generation Pharmacist is the industry’s leading national awards program, recognizing outstanding pharmacists, technicians, student pharmacists and industry advocates.

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Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems, founding partners of the Next-Generation Pharmacist® awards, today announced that the annual gala will be held August 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Next-Generation Pharmacist is the industry’s leading national awards program, recognizing outstanding pharmacists, technicians, student pharmacists and industry advocates.

The “Innovation and Inspiration” themed event will recognize Next-Generation Pharmacist finalists for their leadership, passion and commitment to an evolving health care industry. As part of the awards gala, attendees will enjoy entertainment from comedian Jimmy Tingle, a humorist and commentator who has appeared on “MSNBC,” “CNN,” “60 Minutes II,” “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” The evening will also feature live entertainment from The Paul Ahlstrand Quartet, one of the Boston area’s finest jazz ensembles.

At the gala, 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.

Overall, there are 11 categories for the 2016 Next-Generation Pharmacist awards and nominations are being accepted through April 24. An independent panel of judges, chaired by former 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, with all finalists being featured in the June 2016 issue of Pharmacy Times and on This year’s nomination categories include:

  • 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, North Carolina-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 info(at)parata(dot)com or 888-PARATA1 (727-2821), or check us out on Facebook or Twitter.

About Pharmacy Times
Pharmacy Times is the leading media resource for pharmacists and the pharmacy industry, providing practical clinical and professional information pharmacists can use in their everyday practices when counseling patients and interacting with other health care providers. Each issue and the website contain articles and features covering industry trends, medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law and more. Additionally, Pharmacy Times Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacy Times is part of Michael J. Hennessy Associates Inc., a full-service health care communications company offering education, research and medical media.

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

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