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John R. Tomko Pharm.D., BCPP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Mylan School of Pharmacy
Clinical, Social, and Administrative Sciences

212 Bayer
Phone: 412.396.5134

Education:

Pharm.D., Graduate Pharmacy, Duquesne University, 2004
B.S. Pharm., Pharmacy, Duquesne University, 1984
Bio

My current position at Duquesne is clinical assistant professor in the Mylan School of Pharmacy. I have been a pharmacist since 1984, practicing in such diverse areas as community pharmacy, chain pharmacy district management, inpatient hospital pharmacy practice, home care/IV infusion and clinical pharmacy practice.

Currently, my clinical practice site is UPMC-Mercy Hospital, where I specializes in acute psychiatric care.  Patients seen within this site suffer from such conditions as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance dependence. I also offer a clinical experiential education rotation in psychiatrics to our sixth-year students, allowing our future graduates the opportunity to experience this unique practice setting.

In addition to my Doctor of Pharmacy degree, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP). This certification is obtained from the APhA Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties through commensurate training and examination.

My current area of research focuses on perhaps the most problematic area is psychiatric pharmacy; improving patient medication adherence. The development of pharmacist-led interventions that can improve patient outcomes are important initiatives that can improve patient quality of life while decreasing health care costs. My research is based in devising ways to remove or decrease the patient perceived barriers to medication adherence.



Scholarship

Book Chapters:

  • Tomko JR (2012). 'Chapter 4: Neurobiological Effects of Trauma and Psychopharmacology.' In: Levers LL (ed). Trauma Counseling: Theories and Interventions. New York, NY. Springer Press.

 

Journal Articles:

  • Tomko JR, Ahmed N, Mukherjee K, Roma RS, DiLucente D, Orchowski K. Evaluation of a discharge medication service on an acute psychiatric unit.Hosp Pharm. 2013;48(4):1-7.
  • Tomko JR. Tips for Patient Discharge Counseling from the Hospital Setting; Improving Adherence. Ment Health Clin. 2013;2(8):16. Available at: http://cpnp.org/resource/mhc/2013/02/tips-patient-discharge-counseling-hospital-setting-improving-adherence
  • Runyon AL, Tomko JR, Lassila HC. Impact of service learning on pharmacy students' empathy toward patients. Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education. Vol 4(1). 2012. Available online at http://discovery.indstate.edu/ojs/index.php/joce/article/view/34
  • Tomko JR, Ahmed N, Mukherjee K, Roma RS, DiLucente D, Orchowski K. Improving adherence: providing psychiatric medications to home-bound patients on discharge from an acute psychiatric unit. J Pharm Prac. 25(2). Apr 2012 p294-295.
  • Tomko JR. Giannetti VJ. Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and practice regarding counseling of chemically dependent patients. J Pharm Practice. 23(2). Apr 2010. p157. (abstract)
  • Norton M. Jain R. Tackett R. Tomko JR. Pfalzgraf A. The prediction of addiction risk in student pharmacists. J Pharm Practice. 23(2). April 2010. p175. (abstract)
  • Tomko JR, Runyon AL, Lassila H. Student self-assessed medication management skills resulting from caring for uninsured patients using team-based care. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning. 3(1). Jan 2011.p 63-70.
  • Tomko JR, Giannetti VJ. Pharmacist influence in buprenorphine treatment outcomes for opioid dependence. Ann Pharmacother. Vol 41. 2007 Jan. 161.
  • Tomko JR,  Desselle SP. Pharmacoeconomics basics: be careful what you read. Bulletin of the Allegheny County Medical Society. Nov 2005. P534-39.

 

Presentations:

  • Tomko JR, Ahmed N, Mukherjee K, Roma RS, DiLucente D, Orchowski K. Improving adherence:providing psychiatric medications to home-bound patients on discharge from and acute psychiatric unit. Presented at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL. April 2012.
  • >Tomko JR. Review of Psychiatric Drugs: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD. UPMC Mercy Hospital Staff Development. Sept 2011.
  • >Tomko JR. Review of Psychiatric Drugs: Depression and Anxiety Disorders. UPMC Mercy Hospital Staff Development. Sept 2011.
  • Tomko JR. Psychiatric Pharmacy.  Presented to faculty of the Mylan School of Pharmacy Faculty Meeting; Jan 2011
  • Tomko JR, Giannetti VJ. Implementation of Pharmaceutical Care in Chemical Dependence: Understanding, Recognizing, and Treating the Disease State.  Presented at the Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Task Force, Birmingham Towers, Pittsburgh, PA. July 2011. 
  • Tomko JR. Methamphetamine abuse. Nursing staff development. UPMC Mercy Hospital. May 2010. 
  • Tomko JR, Giannetti VJ. Pharmacotherapy of Opioid Dependence. Counselor Continuing Education presented at Pyramid Health, Pittsburgh, PA.  May 2010. 
  • Tomko JR. Giannetti VJ. Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and practice regarding counseling of chemically dependent patients. J Pharm Practice. 23(2). Apr 2010. P157.  (abstract; paper presented at College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 2010).
  • Norton M. Jain R. Tackett R. Tomko JR. Pfalzgraf A. The prediction of addiction risk in student pharmacists. J Pharm Practice. 23(2). April 2010. P175. (abstract; paper presented at College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 2010).
  • Tomko JR. Pharmacists Role in Treatment of Chemical Dependence. Presented at Duquesne University Conference on Chemical Dependence Awareness, Duquesne University. January 2010.
  • Tomko JR.  What does STAR*D Mean for My Patients With Depression?  Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression.  ACPE Continuing Education presented at Medco, Inc., North Versailles, PA. May 2009.
  • Mandock KJ, Tomko JR, Giannetti VJ, Kamal K, Mattei TJ. Non-adherence to pharmacotherapy as a potential factor for relapse to substance use disorder in dual diagnosis patients. Presented at College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, FL, April 2009.
  • Tomko JR.  What does STAR*D Mean for My Patients With Depression?  Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression.  ACPE Continuing Education presented at Duquesne University Alumni Association Annual Meeting, Seven Springs Resort, Champion PA.  May 2008.
  • Tomko JR, Giannetti VJ. Pharmacotherapy of Opioid Dependence. ACPE Continuing Education presented at Duquesne University Alumni Association Annual Meeting, Seven Springs Resort, Champion PA.  May 2007.
  • Tomko JR. Pharmaceutical Care for Patients With Diabetes: Certificate Training Program for Pharmacists.  American Pharmacists Association Program. Duquesne University. December 2005.
  • Tomko JR, Giannetti VJ. Impact of community pharmacist provided medication therapy management model on outcomes in opiate dependence. Presented at College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, April 2006.
  • Tomko JR, Giannetti VJ. The effect of pharmaceutical care involving reinforcement of non-pharmacological treatment on abstinence in buprenorphine treated patients.  Presented at College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2005.
Courses

Psychiatrics/Neurology Therapeutics; Course Master (required)

Pharmacy Practice; Physical Assessment (required)

Pharmacy Practice-Drug Literature Evaluation (required)

Acute Care Pharmacy Practice (elective)