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ASHP Pharmacy Technician Excellence Award

The ASHP Board of Directors’ Pharmacy Technician Excellence Award recognizes contributions to excellence in the role of pharmacy technicians, advancement of the pharmacy technician workforce, and advancement of pharmacy practice.

The award, which is conferred at the discretion of the ASHP Board of Directors, may be presented annually at an ASHP national meeting or other appropriate function. There is no limit to the number of awards that may be conferred each year.

2022 Recipient

Barbara E. Lacher, CPhT
Associate Professor and Program Director (ret.)
North Dakota State College of Science
Wahpeton, ND

Barbara LacherMs. Lacher is a highly respected pharmacy technician educator and advocate for the advancement of the pharmacy technician workforce. For more than 20 years, she has been a leading voice for the development of national, uniform standards for pharmacy technician education and training.

Criteria and Eligibility

ASHP members are invited, annually, to suggest nominees in writing with substantiating evidence. The award is intended to recognize an individual pharmacy technician for a recent singular, significant achievement or for career-long contributions. Individuals must have made a recent contribution or achievement that has done one or more of the following in the United States to serve the needs of patients:

  • Affected the outcome of patient care; (and/or)
  • Advanced the role of pharmacy technicians; (and/or)
  • Advanced the professionalization and ability of pharmacy technicians; (and/or)
  • Advanced the pharmacy technician workforce.

Nominees must be pharmacy technicians and current ASHP members. Current ASHP Board members and ASHP staff are not eligible.

Nominating Instructions

Nominations are accepted year-round and are to be transmitted electronically during this period using the Award Nominations Form. Please see the Call for Award Nominations to reference the criteria for the award as well as the nomination instructions.

Nominations received by October 1 will be reviewed by the Awards Committee, and selections will be made the following February. In some years, selections are not made for all awards.

If you have any questions about the Awards Program, please contact the Office of Member Relations at [email protected].



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