Hal Wand, MBA, RPh, immediate past president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®), assumed the office of chairperson of the Association’s 2017-2018 Executive Committee during the Final Business Session of the NABP 113th Annual Meeting, held May 20-23, 2017, in Orlando, FL. Mr Wand served one-year terms as the Association’s president, president-elect, and treasurer, and six years as an Executive Committee member representing District 8.
During his presidency, Mr Wand led an effort to examine how the Association can improve services and programs provided to support the member boards, and to explore how to provide international members additional opportunities to participate in Association business. Specifically, Mr Wand called for a comprehensive survey of members to learn about their experience and use of NABP programs, and he convened a task force on international membership. Under Mr Wand’s leadership, the Association also continued efforts to fight prescription drug abuse and to educate patients on safely purchasing medications online. For his service, NABP bestowed its President’s Award upon Mr Wand during the Annual Awards Dinner at the 113th Annual Meeting.
The former executive director of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, Mr Wand began his employment with the Board in 1989 as a compliance officer before becoming deputy director in 1994 and executive director in 2003. As deputy director, Mr Wand consulted with Canadian officials regarding the importation of prescription drugs. Prior to joining the Board, he worked as a hospital pharmacist, long-term care pharmacist, and community pharmacist.
An active member of NABP, Mr Wand served as Executive Committee liaison for the Committee on Law Enforcement/Legislation and the Task Force on the Regulation of Pharmacist Care Services. Mr Wand also served as a member of the Task Force on Telepharmacy and the Implementation of the Medicare Drug Benefit Medication Therapy Management Provisions. In addition, he has developed and reviewed questions for the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination®. Further, Mr Wand served as the secretary and treasurer for District 8 for several years.
Among his other activities, Mr Wand served as a member of the College of Pharmacy National Advisory Board for the University of Arizona and was an elected member of local elementary and high school boards.
Mr Wand was honored with the Service to Pharmacy award by the Arizona Pharmacy Association in 2005. He also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 2008 and a Bear Down Award from the University of Arizona Alumni Association in 2006. In 2012, he received the Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service.
Mr Wand earned his bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Arizona and a master of business administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
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