Laura Carpenter appointed to AphAF national board
Laura Carpenter, founder of Bula, a pharmacy law intelligence company, has been elected to the American Pharmacists Association Foundation (APhAF) national Board of Directors.
The Foundation’s mission is to improve people’s health through pharmacists’ patient care services. As a pharmacist, entrepreneur and an attorney, Carpenter is devoted to supporting the pharmacy industry and expanding the role of pharmacists in providing patients with quality healthcare, improving health outcomes, and reducing healthcare costs.
“The goals of the APhA Foundation resonate profoundly with me. I am honored to be part of the team that will guide and support the Foundation as it continues to transform the healthcare industry,” Carpenter said. “Now more than ever, we have an opportunity to educate pharmacists, the public, and legislators about the ways in which pharmacists and pharmacies can support healthcare needs to positively impact public health by making it more affordable and accessible.”
Carpenter’s entire career has been dedicated to the advancement of pharmacy. A third generation pharmacist, Carpenter began her career in her family’s pharmacy. It was there that she witnessed first hand the close relationships that pharmacists develop with their patients and the critical role that pharmacists play in being “the first line of defense” for the public in providing accessible healthcare.
After working as a pharmacist for seven years, Carpenter saw the need for advocacy in the profession and went to law school to study the laws that govern healthcare and pharmacy. She went on to practice law at a large, national law firm for many years before starting Carpenter Law Firm, which has been recognized in US News and World Report “Best Healthcare Law Firms” in Phoenix for multiple years.
In 2010, Carpenter became the CEO and founder of Bula, a pharmacy law intelligence company that simplifies the regulatory compliance tracing process and helps pharmacies and clients stay up to date on the constantly changing state and federal regulatory laws in all 50 states in a simple, understandable way. The company provides compliance Software as a Service solutions to more than 20,000 pharmacies, drug distributors, pharmacy benefit managers, grocers, retailers, pharmacy wholesalers, billing and remittance firms, insurance companies, medical call centers and other businesses that are part of the nation’s healthcare delivery system.
Carpenter is an active member of the pharmacy community. She has been a member of APhA since 2002 including serving as an Arizona delegate and a member of the Remington Medal Selection Committee. She has also served as Past President of the American Society for Pharmacy Law, as a Board Member of the Arizona Association of Healthcare Lawyers, and as the Legislative Committee Chair of the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance. Carpenter also volunteers her time as a Board Member of Waste Not Inc., a non-profit food rescue organization that delivers perishable food to fight against hunger in Arizona. She earned her B.S. in Pharmacy cum laude and her J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University and an L.LM in Biotechnology and Genomics from Arizona State University.