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Midlothian man picked for governor’s committee

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Purpose of appointment to curb health care expenses
JOEY DAUBEN
The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - A Midlothian doctor has been appointed to Gov. Rick Perry's new Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee, an 11-member body of physicians and pharmacists charged with curbing the amount of money Texas spends on health care.

Dr. Anthony Busti has lived in Midlothian for three years, and is currently a professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Dallas.

He also serves as the program director for two residency programs at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

'Ultimately, he'll be trying to save the State of Texas about one billion dollars,' said County Judge Chad Adams. 'In discussing this with Dr. Busti, I was very impressed with what he will be doing.'

Busti and the other committee members will choose new medications for Medicare recipients, and at the same time, according to Perry, save money in the process.

Social service spending in the state currently eats a majority of the annual budget each year, according to government estimates.

'There are a lot of things to consider,' Busti said. 'There are several thousand medications. We will need to pick the most efficacious medicines while at the same time saving the most money for the state.'

The committee will review bids from various pharmaceutical companies, as well as investigate and negotiate rebate programs for the state.

Busti received his bachelor's degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and then completed his Doctorate in Pharmacy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he graduated as Valedictorian.

He also attends the same church, Midlothian Bible Church, as Adams, who nominated him to the committee applicant list.

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