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In This Issue
Mo-99 from LEU
Prior Authorization
Cell Therapeutics
797 Compliance
Nuclear Millionaire
APhA Awards
Calendar of Events
Nuclear Facts 
U-235
 
 HEU vs LEU
 
 Natural uranium is primarily U-238 with less than 1% in the reactive U-235 form.  Enriched uranium is a kind of uranium in which the percent composition of U-235 has been increased through the process of isotope separation.

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 Has the Mo/Tc shortage required procedures to switch isotopes (Tl-201, FDG, etc)
 
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January Poll 
SNM Survey
 
Please resond to a survey regarding the impact on the Mo-99 shortage on nuclear pharmacies.  Your input is important in developing strategies for the future.
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Medical Imaging in the News
 
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Dear Nuclear Medicine Professional,

The molydenum shortage has plagued nuclear medicine for a number of months.  The Society of Nuclear Medicine is collecting information about the impact of the shortage in a survey of nuclear pharmacists.  Your input is appreciated.  Mo-99 isn't the only thing in short supply. Cell Therapeutics has also been struggling with a shortage of cash. 
 
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Covidien & B&W to Develop U.S. Source of Mo99
Earlier this year Covidien and Babcock and Wilcox announced an agreement to develop technology to produce Molybdenum-99 from low enriched uranium (LEU).  This is the initial step towards producing a large scale supply of Mo-99 in the U.S.  For additional information...
Imaging Prior Authorization in Budget
The White House has sent a budget to Congress that utilizes Radiology Benefit Managers to cut imaging spending.  MRI, CT, and other high-tech imaging procedures are the fastest growing component of physician services covered by Medicare, with two-thirds of the money Medicare paid for imaging was for scans in doctors' offices.   Imaging proponents have voiced criticisim to the budget initiatives.  For additional information...
Cell Therapeutics Sells Interest in Zevalin
Zevalin In regulatory filings, Zevalin manufacturer, Cell Therapeutics, stated that they had only enough operating capitol to last a few weeks.  (Click here for more information)  This prompted the company to sell 50% interest of Zevalin to Spectrum Pharmaceuticals and close their Italian drug-research facility.  View press release.
Mayo Clinic Experience with 797 Compliance
USP Chapter 797 Many nuclear pharmacies are struggling with implementing USP 797 standards for compounding sterile prearations.  The January 2009 Journal of Nuclear Medicine contained the article "Mayo Clinic Approaches to Meet United States harmacopeia ,797. Requirements for Facility Design and Environmental Controls of Nuclear Pharmacy" that you may find helpful.  Click here to view the article.

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APhA Award Recipents
APhA logo Congratulations to the following colleagues that will be recognized for their contributions to pharmacy practice at the upcoming APhA Meeting in San AntonioSam Augustine was selected to receive the prestigious Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award.  Neil Petry will be recognized with the William H. Briner Distinguished Achievement Award in Nuclear Pharmacy Practice, and Sally Schwarz will be named a Fellow of APhA.  Congratulations on these much deserved honors!
Calendar of Events
March 20-22 Southwest Chapter SNM, Houston, TX
March 21-22 PNW Chapter Spring Meeting, Tacoma, WA
April 3-6 APhA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
April 4-5 Nuclear Cardiology 2009, Los Angeles
April 17-18 New England Chapter SNM Meeting, Rocky Hill, CT
April 17-19 Mid-Eastern Chapter SNM Meeting, Ocean City, MD
April 30-May 1 Symposium on Multimodality Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging, Bethesda, MD
May1 FDA Requirements for Manufacturing PET Radiopharmaceuticals, Bethesda, MD
May 6-9 Canadian Society of Nuclear Medicine Meeting, Winnipeg
June 13-17 SNM Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada
July 12-17 18th International Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Symposium, Edmonton, Canada
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Professor of Nuclear Pharmacy
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