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Creighton pharmacy student develops drug to save healthcare system about $100,000 a year

OMAHA, Neb. (Nebraska) — Rectal suppositories are not a prescription that most people want to take. Worse, you have to do it twice at once.

Tyler Brissot, a fourth-year pharmacy student and methodologist, has developed a solution that benefits both the patient and the pharmacy.

“So I found the desired strength recommended by most of the clinical studies, and then I found the recipe for the combination of this drug and the desired strength,” Brissot said.

This is a way to turn two suppositories into one with a clinically proven effective dosage for the treatment of pancreatitis as a result of a special endoscopic procedure.

“I haven’t seen this project become what it has become,” Brissot said.

He was appointed by Melanie Ryan, Director of Pharmacy at Jenny Edmundson Methodist Hospital.

“Tyler got down to business with this particular project,” she said. “We’re not just handing out pills, we’re making sure that what the provider prescribed is really the best medicine for that patient and the safest medicine for that patient.”

Brissot’s innovative thinking to combine indomethacin into a commercially available drug is expected to save the Methodist health care system $100,000 a year.

“It’s scalable,” Brissot said.

“Drugs are very expensive. They are not getting cheaper, so we have to come up with innovative ways to save money whenever possible,” Ryan said.

As director of pharmacy, Ryan has shared Brissot’s 10-step method with other health care systems in the Midwest.

“We are ready to share innovative ideas because we are all in the same boat. We all spend too much money on drugs and want to be able to do what patients need, economically,” Ryan said.

Brissot said he was particularly moved by his groundbreaking achievement.

“The pharmacist can influence almost any goal set by the patient. We want to improve the quality of care for our patients and I think this is another example of how a pharmacist can influence that care,” he said.

Because the pharmacy saves money, patients also get cheaper medicines.

Brissot’s work impressed the methodologist so much that after graduation, a job awaits him.

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