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Introduction to the Specialty Pharmacy Outcomes Literature Library

Broadcast Date: July 25, 2022


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Listeners will be introduced to the background and purpose of the Specialty Pharmacy Outcomes Literature Library, an exciting new resource for ASHP members. This podcast will also discuss how best to utilize this resource as members set out to perform their own outcomes projects.


Shubha BhatShubha Bhat, PharmD, MS, BCACP, is a clinical pharmacy specialist in the gastroenterology. In her clinical practice, she oversees the medication experience, including education, safety monitoring, and adverse effect management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Bhat also partakes in research and teaching. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Sciences from University of Colorado. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Boston Medical Center, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency at UIC, and Ambulatory Care Outcomes Fellowship at University of Colorado.

Denise LoweDenise Lowe, PharmD, BCPS, is manager of specialty pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System and clinical professor at VCU School of Pharmacy. Her primary interests within specialty pharmacy include increasing medication access, optimizing medication use, and improving patient outcomes. Dr. Lowe currently serves on the editorial board of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, is a member of the Drug Utilization Review board for VA Medicaid DMAS, and has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles.

Karen ThomasKaren Thomas, PharmD, PhD, MBA, is the outcomes coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago Specialty Pharmacy Services. Karen’s current role includes developing an outcomes and research program for the Specialty Pharmacy team, academic responsibilities, and mentoring pharmacy students and residents. Karen is the Vice Chair of the ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners Advisory Group on Outcomes and Value. Karen’s professional interests include research, optimizing clinical and operational processes, staff development, and leadership activities.

Thom PlattThom Platt, PharmD, PhD, MBA, BCPS, is the associate director of quality and outcomes at UK HealthCare Specialty Pharmacy. He oversees all quality, data, and outcomes initiatives within the specialty pharmacy. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and completed a dual PGY1/PGY1 Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency at UK HealthCare in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Platt’s interests include identifying barriers to specialty pharmacy care, technology in pharmacy practice, and pharmacy education.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.