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J. Bruce Laughrey is chairman of TelSpan, Inc., a company specializing in interactive telecommunications services and a leading provider of teleconferencing services in the United States. He is also the founder and past president of MediSpan, Inc., a developer of pharmaceutical publications and databases integrated into pharmacy computer systems and utilized by pharmacists, physicians, hospitals, and third party prescription drug programs across the country. He has also previously worked as a principal at E-Span, Inc., practiced as a pharmacist in retail, chain, and hospital pharmacies, and owned and operated four apothecaries in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bruce earned his pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University. Throughout his pharmacy career, he has participated in a number of professional pharmacy associations, including APhA, NCPA, NACDS, ASHP, HDMA, ASCP, and the Indiana Pharmacy Alliance, and served on a number of boards and dean’s advisory boards. He served two board terms and was chairman of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) in 1992. He was also a member of the Pharmacy Standardization Committee of the World Health Organization in the mid-1990s. His honors include the Bowl of Hygeia Award, South Dakota State Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year, and South Dakota State University Distinguished Alumni Award.
My passion and diverse experience in pharmacy including community, hospital, and long term care has given me a deep seeded respect for the importance of pharmaceutical care. I believe that this passion is in alignment with the mission and vision of the APhA Foundation and would be honored to serve as a Board Member. My experience on the South Dakota State University Council of Trustees has prepared me to be a well-qualified candidate for the Foundation’s Board. This experience has given me insight into fundraising and particularly the Board’s financial responsibility as it pertains to the proper management and investment of Foundation Assets. The years of membership and involvement as a trustee with the NCPDP provided additional knowledge in the process of standards development and the provision of educational programs to a diverse cross-section of decision makers in the healthcare industry. I believe these activities represent an experience base that can hopefully serve the APhA Foundation well. Again, I am honored to be nominated and look forward to advancing the Foundation’s interests if elected.