Chest Physicians Honor Bussey
Dr. Henry Bussey, professor of pharmacotherapy, has been honored for his web-based efforts to help patients manage medication therapies designed to prevent blood clots.
Bussey was cited along with his web-based organization, ClotCare, for two honors presented by the Chest Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). The recognition includes awards totaling $175,000 over a three-year period.
In the first award, Bussey was named recipient of the Second GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Scholar in Thrombosis Award. Bussey received the award for his proposal to develop a safer, more effective, and less costly method to manage oral anticoagulation (warfarin, brand name Coumadin) therapy for the millions of people who take the medication.
"We are currently involved in the first trial that is evaluating the 'triple intervention' of combining (1) a new fingerstick self-testing technology to perform the International Normalized Ratio (INR) test which is used to adjust the warfarin dose plus (2) daily low dose vitamin K to help stabilize the INR, and (3) automated online monitoring through a software system that has been developed with my input," Bussey explained.
He added that available data would suggest that achieving better INR control can reduce stroke, heart attack, death and major bleeding in certain patient groups by 50 percent or more and he believes his new approach can achieve the goal with less time and resources than are currently expended in managing warfarin patients.
The distinguished scholar award provides $50,000 annually to support the research over a three-year period.
In addition, Bussey was name as one of four recipients of the Foundation's Humanitarian Project Development Award. The honor, which includes a $25,000 cash prize, is awarded to projects and programs located anywhere in the world where an ACCP member is volunteering medical expertise, time or resources to improve the health of those in need. At the time he was inducted into ACCP membership, Bussey was the only pharmacist member.
"A major criterion for this award is helping to provide to areas outside of the U.S. and especially in underserved areas of the world," said Bussey, adding that the information resources offered by ClotCare are available to anyone in the world who has access to the World Wide Web.
Bussey and his daughter, Maria Bussey Walker, founded ClotCare in 2000 as a volunteer effort designed to provide both patients and healthcare providers with the most up-to-date information and expert insight on optimal use of antithrombotic and anticoagulant therapies. The website has received more than 5 million hits and recently achieved a tax exempt (501c3) status.
Bussey earned his B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Georgia and his Pharm.D. (with a concurrent residency in internal medicine) from UT Austin and the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. He was is the author of more than 100 publications and has recently joined the Scientific Advisory Board of the North American Thrombosis Forum.