An East Texas math major is getting international attention for a calculation formula he designed for a popular drug.
Fred Poage is a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin. He came up with a much quicker way to measure the amount of Xigris a patient should get.
Xigris is a drug for severe sepsis. It can take as long as an hour to determine the accurate dosage. Poage's formula saves a lot of time and about $500 a patient.
Poage said, "By having this formula here, all you have to do is enter in the patient's weight. Less than a second later, you have exactly what you need. So it takes all that time for calculations all out."