- Make Plans to Attend APhA
- The deadline for early
registration for the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American
Pharmacist Association is Feb. 15th. Go online to
www.aphameeting.org. It is a great meeting for
nuclear pharmacists with 15 hours of nuclear CE and great
fellowship and networking activities.
- Depreotide Imaging
Predicts Breast CA Response to Hormonal Therapy
- Researchers reported in the
January Journal of Nuclear Medicine an innovative use of
somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS). Tc-99m
Depreotide (NeoTect) imaging accurately predicted which
women would respond to hormonal
therapy. The current method that examines a sample of
breast tissue for estrogen receptors has a low accuracy rate
as opposed to the 100% accuracy of SRS imaging found in
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- U.S. Market for
- Bio-Tech Systems has
published a comprehensive report of diagnostic
radiopharmaceutical markets. U.S. sales of diagnostic
radiopharmaceuticals reached $1.53 billion in 2004 and are
expected to rise to $3.20 billion by 2010.
Radiopharmaceutical sales grew 14.3% in 2004 and should
continue growth in the range of 13%-16% through 2008. This
growth will be based on introduction of new products, strong
demand for cardiology procedures and increased sales of
oncology products, particularly FDG for PET imaging.
Nuclear cardiology sales of $1.06 billion in 2004 will
increase to $1.89 billion by 2010.
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- DRAXIS Receives FDA
Approval of I-131 Dx Capsules
- DRAXIMAGE plans to introduce
the new I-131 diagnostic capsules into the U.S. market
during the first half of 2006. The I-131 diagnostic capsules
will be supplied in several different strengths of
radioactivity and will employ a system of color-coding
to allow each patient to be administered the precise dose of
radioactive iodine prescribed by their physician.
- Mallinckrodt Generator Update
- Mallinckrodt has
announced significant capital investments to improve quality
and production capacity.
They expect to return to generator production around March 31, 2006.
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