Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 1, No. 12      January 2004

I-125 HSA Available from Isotex
Update:  While Mallinckrodt announced that they have discontinued production of I-125 HSA, there is an alternative available as I-125 HSA (Jeanatope) from Isotex 800-477-4839.

New Radiopharmacy Textbooks

Fundamentals of Nuclear Pharmacy by Gopal Saha has been updated with the release of the 5th edition by Springer publishers.  The new textbook is available from the publisher at or for $79.60

Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Medicine by Richard Kowalski and Steven Falen will soon be available from APhA Publications or for $79.95.
JAPhA Article
Joe Hung, James Ponto, et al. have an article published in this month's issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association titled "Deficiencies of Product Labeling Directions for the Preparation of Radiopharmaceuticals".  Members can find the article online at  Just another reason to join the nuclear section of the APhA!
Medicare establishes new HCPCS codes for Zevalin®
Effective January 1, 2004, this final rule establishes new HCPCS codes and APC assignments for Zevalin®. The new payments for Zevalin® are:
Indium-111 Zevalin®, per dose $2,565.55
Yttrium-90 Zevalin®, per dose $22,210.19
Imaging, two or more days $650.00
Therapy administration, radiolabeled MAb $550.00

Total Payment:   

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March 21-26 4th Annual Snowbird 2004 Clinical Nuclear Medicine - Focus on PET and PET/CT, Snowbird, UT
March 26-30
APhA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
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April 2-4 Southwest Chapter SNM Meeting in Austin, TX

Food irradiation is the process of exposing food to an ionizing energy to kill harmful bacteria and other organisms, and extend shelf-life.  This can be in the form of gamma rays, x-rays or electron beams. Permitted gamma sources are the isotopes cobalt-60 or cesium-137. Cobalt-60 is used in food irradiation because it is widely available.  Irradiation does not significantly increase the temperature or change the physical or sensory characteristics of most foods. An irradiated apple, for example, will still be crisp and juicy. Fresh or frozen meat can be irradiated without cooking it.  Strawberries that have been irradiated will last two to three weeks in the refrigerator compared to only a few days for untreated berries.  Just another example of how gamma radiation is helpful in today's society.

A 52 year old woman with history of intermittent GI bleeding presents to the emergency room.  Continued....

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