Manatee pharmacist Chris Williams named Specialty Pharmacist of the Year
MANATEE -- Manatee County clinical pharmacist Chris Williams has been named Pharmacy Times' Specialty Pharmacist of the Year.
The monthly trade journal, which is ranked as the top publication among retail pharmacists, announced the award in August during the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards, which "recognizes pharmacists, technicians, students and industry advocates who are defining the future of pharmacy," according to a news release. The award ceremony, which had a red carpet, was held at Universal Studios Orlando, Williams said.
For Williams, who has been with the county for more than six years, the award "means a lot."
"It's something I worked hard at and it's one of my goals to be good at it and to be recognized makes it worth it," Williams said. "It's like I'm doing something right. It's like the hard work paid off."
Williams, who is the full-time clinicial pharmacist for Manatee County's "YourChoice" Health Plan, received the award, which is presented annually to "a pharmacist whose primary focus is to provide speciality services and disease management for patients with complex or rare diseases who are being treated with high-touch, high-cost speciality medications," according to the release.
Williams said his patients are his inspiration.
"It is justification that I'm moving the county in the right direction," he said. "They have been a real source of inspiration for me as well."
In 2010, Williams won the Rising Star award from the industry publication, according to Manatee County Health Benefits Manager Kim Stroud. Williams helps "employees and their departments with medication-related issues, including side effects, drug interactions, generic options, proper drug utilization and patient education," according to the release.
"We are so proud of Chris and what he does for our members and the county taxpayers," Stroud said in the release. "His ongoing efforts to assist our plan members in ensuring the right medication is available to the patient and all cost-saving measures are implemented to save the county has earned him this reward."
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024. Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.