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Karen C. Thomas


Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Email:

kct@uic.edu

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Spec Project in Pharm Pract (PMPR 390), 8/21/2023 – 12/1/2023
Pharmacoeconomics and Payment (PHAR 565), 8/21/2023 – 12/1/2023
Pharmacoeconomics and Payment (PHAR 565), 8/21/2023 – 12/1/2023
Spec Topics in Pharm Pract (PMPR 385), 1/9/2023 – 4/28/2023
Undergrad Resrch Pharm Pract (PMPR 380), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Pharmacoeconomics and Payment (PHAR 565), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Pharmacoeconomics and Payment (PHAR 565), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Intro to Specialty Pharmacy (PMPR 442), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Intro to Specialty Pharmacy (PMPR 442), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022

Selected Grants

Specialty Pharmacy Care in Rheumatoid Arthritis, ASHP Research and Education Foundation., 8/1/2022 - 8/1/2023, Obligated Amount: $5000; No Anticipated Amount Set

Measurement and characterization of clinical, operational, and financial interventions and outcomes for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients at a Health System Specialty Pharmacy, Amer Soc of Health-Systems Pharmacists Fdn., 6/1/2022 - 6/30/2024, Obligated Amount: $5000; Anticipated Amount: $5000

Selected Publications

Patel, Ruchik, Thomas, Karen C, Khamo, Nehrin, Kumor, Lisa, Anguiano, Rebekah H, Rim, Matthew H. (2023). Development of a framework to support data-driven decision-making in a health-system specialty pharmacy. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 80, (18), 1280-1287. doi:10.1093/ajhp/zxad142.

Zuckerman, Autumn D, DeClercq, Josh, Choi, Leena, Cowgill, Nicole, McCarthy, Kate, Lounsbery, Brian, Shah, Rushabh, Kehasse, Amanuel, Thomas, Karen C, Sokos, Louis, Stutsky, Martha, Young, Jennifer, Carter, Jennifer, Lach, Monika, Wise, Kelly, Thomas, Toby T, Ortega, Melissa, Lee, Jinkyu, Lewis, Kate, Dura, Jillian, Gazda, Nicholas P, Gerzenshtein, Lana, Canfield, Scott. (2021). Adherence to self-administered biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs across health-system specialty pharmacies. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 78, (23), 2142-2150. doi:10.1093/ajhp/zxab342.

Rim, Matthew H, Thomas, Karen C, Barrus, Stephanie A, Ryther, Ashley MK, Clawson, Antoine, Ferrara, Francesca, Jackson, Christopher G. (2021). Analyzing the costs of developing and operating an integrated health-system specialty pharmacy: The case of a centralized insurance navigation process for specialty clinic patients. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 78, (11), 982-988. doi:10.1093/ajhp/zxab083.

Rim, Matthew H, Thomas, Karen C, Chandramouli, Jane, Barrus, Stephanie A, Nickman, Nancy A. (2018). Implementation and quality assessment of a pharmacy services call center for outpatient pharmacies and specialty pharmacy services in an academic health system. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 75, (10), 633-641. doi:10.2146/ajhp170319.

Rim, Matthew H, Thomas, Karen C, Hatch, Brittanie, Kelly, Michael, Tyler, Linda S. (2018). Development and implementation of a centralized comprehensive refill authorization program in an academic health system. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 75, (3), 132-138. doi:10.2146/ajhp170333.

Thomas, Karen C, Wilkins, Diana G, Curry, Steven C, Grey, Todd C, Andrenyak, David M, McGill, Lawrence D, Rollins, Douglas E. (2016). Detection of Acetaminophen–Protein Adducts in Decedents with Suspected Opioid–Acetaminophen Combination Product Overdose. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 61, (5), 1301-1306. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.13169.

Crouch, BI, Thomas, KC, Rothwell, E, Planalp, S, Ellington, L, Teemant, K. (2013). The importance of interpersonal communication in poison centers. Clinical Toxicology, 51, (9), 892-895. doi:10.3109/15563650.2013.841913.

, . (2013). Buprenorphine Prescribing Practices and Exposures Reported to a Poison Center—Utah, 2002-2011. JAMA, 309, (6), 536-538. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.217206.

Deering-Rice, Cassandra E, Johansen, Mark E, Roberts, Jessica K, Thomas, Karen C, Romero, Erin G, Lee, Jeewoo, Yost, Garold S, Veranth, John M, Reilly, Christopher A. (2012). Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid-1 (TRPV1) Is a Mediator of Lung Toxicity for Coal Fly Ash Particulate Material. Molecular Pharmacology, 81, (3), 411-419. doi:10.1124/mol.111.076067.

Professional Leadership

Outcomes and Value Committee, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 8/2022 - 5/2023

2022 ASHP National Specialty Pharmacy Survey Development Advisory Panel, 5/10/2022 - 6/7/2022

ASHP Pharmacy Forecast 2023 Survey Panel, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 4/8/2022 - 4/8/2022

Safety Screening in Patients Initiating Biologic Specialty Medications, University of Illinois at Chicago, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 3/2022 - Present

ASHP Foundation Adopting Biosimilars Project Virtual Research Panel, 2/10/2022 - 2/23/2022

Outcomes and Value Committee, 8/2021 - 5/2022

Outcomes and Value Committee, 8/2019 - Present

Vizient Pharmacy Practice Advancement Committee (PPAC), 2019 - Present

Health-Systems Specialty Pharmacy Outcomes Research Consortium, 2019 - Present

Education

Degrees:
B.S. Chemistry, University of Utah, United States
Pharm.D., University of Utah, United States
Ph.D., Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Utah, United States
M.B.A., University of Utah, United States

Selected Presentations

Thomas, Karen. (2023 April 04). Data Driven Decision Making: A Specialty Pharmacy Framework. Acentrus Specialty Conference. San Diego, CA.
Thomas, Karen. (2023 March 18). Strategic development of a process to identify, prioritize, track, and complete specialty pharmacy projects.. ICHP Spring Meeting. Collinsville, IL.
Thomas, Karen, Eagon, Michael. (2023 March 18). What is Specialty Pharmacy?. ICHP Spring Meeting. Collinsville, IL.
Thomas, Karen, Zuckerman, Autumn, Welchel, Kristen, Mourani, Jessica. (2022 December 06). Waste not, want not? Defining, designing, and demonstrating waste avoidance efforts for health-system specialty pharmacies. ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting 2022. Las Vegas, NV.
Thomas, Karen. (2023 June 12). Gems in Specialty Pharmacy: Novel Practices in Outcomes Programs. ASHP Summer Meeting. Baltimore, MD.