Nuclear Pharmacy eNewsletter
Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online                                               March 2008
In This Issue
APhA Meeting
Cardinal GE Agreement
CA Delays ePedigree
BMS Becomes Lantheus
PETNet in India
CMS Denies PET Coverage
Calendar of Events
Online Poll

Nuclear Fact

Sievert

The sievert (symbol: Sv) is the SI derived unit of dose equivalent. It attempts to reflect the biological effects of radiation as opposed to the physical aspects, which are characterised by the absorbed dose, measured in grays. It is named after Rolf Sievert, a Swedish medical physicist famous for work on radiation dosage measurement and research into the biological effects of radiation.

 

Case Study
Bone Scan Paget's Disease

A 90 year old man presented with pain going down his hip and leg that is affecting his walk.     Continued

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Dear Nuclear Medicine Professional,

It was great to see so many friends and colleagues in San Diego.  Many thanks to the APhA-APPM Nuclear Section Officers for the hard work during the year and planning a good educational program.  Don't forget to register your CE hours to receive credit.
Pharmacists Gathered in San Diego 
APhA 2008Nuclear Pharmacists gathered at the recent APhA Annual Meeting in San Diego for CE, recruiting, business meetings, awards, networking, and fun.  Click here to see pictures.
Cardinal and GE Announce Agreement

Cardinal Health and GE Healthcare announced an agreement to broaden the availability of GE Healthcare's Myoview™ (Tetrofosmin) cardiac imaging agent through Cardinal Health pharmacies. The partnership gives Cardinal Health customers greater access to Myoview.  Click here for more information.

California Delays ePedigree
In a reprieve for the pharmaceutical industry, the California State Board of Pharmacy recently voted to delay until 2011 a requirement to electronically track all prescription drugs (referred to as an ePedigree) sold to pharmacies in the state as a means of thwarting counterfeiting.  The negative impact of these requirements on nuclear pharmacy & PET were discussed at the APhA meeting.
BMS Becomes Lantheus 
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In January 2008, Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging was acquired by Avista Capital Partners. According to a press release this month, the Avista Capital Partners-owned company will now be known as Lantheus Medical Imaging. The company has projects in clinical development that include a promising perfusion imaging agent for PET. View press release.

Siemens Launches PETNet in India
India Siemens Healthcare announced its first molecular imaging biomarker production facility in Chennai, India.  PETNET Solutions, a fully owned subsidiary of Siemens operates the largest PET radiopharmacy network with 49 radiopharmacies and distribution centers in the U.S., Korea and the United Kingdom.  View Press Release
CMS Denies PET Coverage
CMS logo The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have issued a final coverage decision that PET imaging will not be reimbursed for chronic osteomyelitis, infection of hip arthroplasty and fever of unknown origin. The CMS determined that evidence is inadequate to conclude that FDG PET for those indications improves health outcomes in the Medicare populations
April 4-6 2008 Central Chapter Annual Spring Meeting
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
April 11-13
SNM Mid-Eastern Chapter Spring Meeting
Fairfax, VA
April 11-12
6th Annual 2008 PET-CT Imaging Symposium
Hilton Head Island, SC
April 18-19
New England Chapter Spring Symposium
North Falmouth, MA
May 19-21
Biomarker World Congress 2008
Philadelphia, PA
June 14-18 SNM 55th Annual Meeting,  New Orleans, LA
Online Poll
 
Does your pharmacy plan to use sterile gloves to comply with USP <797>? ($.75/pr)
 
 
Previous Poll: How many APhA Annual Meetings have you attended? 
 
0 = 43.4%, 1 = 7.5%. 2-5 18.9%, 6-10 = 9.4%, 11-15 = 7.5%; 16-20 3.8%; 20+ = 9.4%
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Nicki Hilliard, PharmD, BCNP
Professor of Nuclear Pharmacy
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The Federal Aviation Administration continues to inspect nuclear pharmacies for required DOT training for companies shipping radioactive materials via air, including Federal Express.
 
The Department of Transportation requires initial and refresher training every three years for individuals that transport radioactive materials.   The NEO course "Training for Shippers and Transporters of Radiopharmaceuticals" has different levels of training for couriers, drivers, technicians, technologists, and pharmacists.  The perfect answer for your training needs! 
 
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