Congratulations to Rich Fejka and
Mark Soffing for being elected as APhA-APPM Nuclear Section
chair-elect and member-at-large, respectively. Thank you for
helping elect Nicki Hilliard as the first nuclear pharmacist
member of the APPM Executive Committee.
FDA Public Meeting:
The FDA has announced a November
16th public meeting about changing the regulations governing basic
research under the radioactive drug research committee (RDRC)
regulations. To review the basic objectives of the meeting
click here. For the Federal Register Notice
You can contact Rich Fejka at
with further questions.
CMS Solicits Public Input on
PET for Noncovered Cancers
The Center for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) has been determining coverage of PET scans
for cancers on an indication by indication basis for each cancer.
Numerous comments to CMS have requested a different process.
Therefore, in addition to continuing to review the evidence for
the six specific cancers (brain, pancreatic, cervical, ovarian,
small cell lung, & testicular), CMS is expanding the National
Coverage Analysis (NCA) to also address a potentially different
process for determining when a PET scan is reasonable and
necessary for all cancers that are currently noncovered. You may
submit your comments to
Stuart Caplan with the CMS.
Neuroimaging Study for
A five-year, $60 million project by the National Institute on Aging
seeks to determine whether serial MR imaging, PET scanning, other
biological markers, and clinical and neuropsychological assessment
can be used separately or in combination to predict who will develop
For more information...
Nuclear Education Faculty
The University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences is searching for a new faculty member to serve as
project manager for the expansion of the NEO program. This
is a great career opportunity!
For more information...
During WWI Marie
Curie realized that X-rays could save soldiers'
lives by helping doctors see bullets, shrapnel, and
broken bones. She convinced the government to
empower her to set up France's first military
radiology centers. She convinced automobile
body shops to transform the cars into vans, and
begged manufacturers to do their part for their
country by donating equipment. French enlisted men
would soon dub these mobile radiology vehicles,
which transported X-ray apparatus to the wounded at
the battle front, petites Curies (little Curies).