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Dr. Thomas Bateman Recognized in "Network Pharmacy Weekly"

Mylan School of Pharmacy

A Duquesne University resident pharmacist was recognized in the May 15, 2014 edition of Network Pharmacy Weekly, a nationally distributed publication produced by Express Scripts. Tom Bateman, the PGY1 Community Practice Resident with Duquesne University and Giant Eagle Pharmacy, was given a special mention in the publication for his work with SOCRxATES® Retail Consultative Services, a program which allows pharmacists to impact patients in the community by closing potential drug therapy adherence and omission gaps in care for chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Bateman is originally from West Deptford, New Jersey. He received his Pharm.D. degree in 2013 from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He moved to Pittsburgh to complete his residency with Duquesne University and Giant Eagle Pharmacy throughout 2013-2014.

"This year I have had the opportunity to practice clinical pharmacy, conduct research, and teach in labs and in the classroom," said Bateman. "The SOCRxATES platform has been a major part of my clinical work and is a great platform for improving medication adherence and optimizing medication regimens for a high volume of patients."

Dr. Angelo Greco, a Duquesne University professor who was instrumental in leading the program, said that the success of the program can also be attributed to the leadership provided by Debbie Krasnow, Director of Managed Care, and John DeJames, Manager of Clinical Programs of Giant Eagle Pharmacy, as well as "the dedication the Giant Eagle Pharmacy team (staff pharmacists, clinical coordinators, pharmacy residents and shared faculty) has to providing clinical services and ongoing quality care for our patients."

Greco also gave credit to Dr. Suzanne Higginbotham for coordinating the medication therapy management (MTM) and motivational interviewing portion of training to Giant Eagle Pharmacists at Duquesne University.

"We look forward to the continued effort of improving medication adherence, closing gaps in care, and reducing health care costs for patients in our community," Greco stated.

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Mylan School of Pharmacy

Thomas Bateman, Pharm.D.