Dr. Thomas S. Franko

Thomas Franko

Associate Professor
Pharmacy Practice

150-180 South River Street 325
(570) 408-4295

After service as a clinical pharmacist in outpatient chronic pain management, Dr. Franko joined Wilkes University in 2013. He maintains an ambulatory care practice site with the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Kingston, PA. He is involved with medication therapy management for several chronic diseases, especially pain management, at the Wright Center.  Along with pharmacy students, Dr. Franko trains pharmacy and medical residents from Moses Taylor Hospital and The Wright Center.  He is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.  His interests are in pain management, substance use disorder and harm reduction strategies.

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Certificates and Certifications

  • Basic Life Support
  • Pennsylvania Licensed Pharmacist
  • Pennsylvania Authorized Immunizing Pharmacist
  • Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
  • Aspects of Caring for the Pain Patient
  • Pharmacotherapy of Pain, Headache and Substance Use Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorder Care Lab
  • Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

Franko T, Trombetta D. Impact of an innovative pain elective course of student beliefs and attitudes towards opioid medication use. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. In Press

Kibbe A, Franko T, Shah V. Oxycodone immediate-release analgesic for managing severe pain: abuse deterrent formulations. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2018 April 30. (14): 779-782

Franko T. Development of a novel naloxone training program. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. 2018 March 15-19. Nashville, TN

Franko T, Hiryak K, Bonavoglia N. Guardians of the opioid galaxy: awesome mix 1. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Midyear Meeting. 2018 Jan 26-28. Lancaster, PA

Franko T. Finding the balance: effective pain management vs. enabling an addiction. Geisinger’s Current Concepts in Medication Safety Conference. 2018 March 28. Wilkes-Barre, PA

Franko T. 2018 Naloxone Training Update. Pennsylvania Pain and Addiction Summit. 2018 April 20. Wilkes-Barre, PA

Sklarosky J, Franko T, Connor C, Withers D, Sanguedolce S. County in crisis: the opioid epidemic panel discussion. 2017 Sept 7. Wilkes-Barre, PA

Ponce A, Franko T. Beliefs and attitudes of pharmacists toward naloxone dispensing in a community pharmacy setting. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. 2018 March 15-19. Nashville, TN

Grudeski A, Franko T, O’Dea E. Combating the opioid epidemic – the power of naloxone intervention in community pharmacy. Pharmacy quality alliance annual meeting. 2018 May 16-18. Baltimore, MD.

Borger J, Gregory M, Franko T. Evaluation of opioid, muscle relaxant and benzodiazepine prescribing habits in a primary care physician’s office. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting. 2017 December. Orlando, FL.

Franko, T. (2015). From bobsleds to yoda: developing preceptor and mentoring skills through study of popular films (webinar). Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. Harrisburg, PA.

Franko T. (2015) Using a Community Theatre as a Self Directed Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (SD IPPE) Site. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting. National Harbor, MD.

Franko T., Kane D, et al. (2015). Improving medication reconciliation through pharmacists oversight. Wilkes University Annual Research Day. Wilkes-Barre, PA.

  • 2018 Co-Chair, Education Committee, Pain, Palliative Care and Addiction SIG, American Pharmacists Association
  • 2014 – 2018 Northeast Director, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association
  • Advisor, Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society Gamma Lambda Chapter
  • Advisor, Generation Rx through APhA-ASP
  • Co-advisor, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Delta Omicron Chapter