Derek G. Christensen has been named the 1988 Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year in Utah. The award was conferred on the 32-year-old Orem pharmacist at the recent annual meeting of the Utah Pharmaceutical Association.

Christensen is a pharmacist at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where he has worked for the past five years. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1982.

The award, sponsored by Marion Laboratories, Inc., a Kansas City, Mo., pharmaceutical company, is presented annually to a young pharmacist in each state for individual excellence and outstanding contributions in state pharmacy association activities, community affairs and in professional practice.