Nuclear Pharmacy eNewsletter
Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online January 2008
In This Issue
Avista Acquires BMS
AMIC to Produce In-111
PET Changes Patient Care
APhA Award Winners
Generic Mebrofenin
Draxis Signs on GE
Canada First Regulator
Calendar of Events
Online Poll
Nuclear Facts
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Case Study
Transplant Renal Scan

A 60 y/o WF with h/o end-stage renal disease status post renal transplant in May 2007 due to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). She presents with hematuria with borderline acute rejection.   Continued

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APhA 2008
There are 15 hours of CE for nuclear pharmacists at the Annual Meeting in San Diego. 
 
Friday 2-5 pm Disease States in the Cardiac Kingdom
Sat. 2:30-5:30: Homeland Security
Sun: 7:00 Breakfast meeting; 11-1:00 Development & Production of PET Radiopharmaceuticals: 2-5:00 pm Regulatory Update
Mon: 8-12: Dark Age Magic to New Hope - The Nuclear Imaging Revolution. 
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Dear Nicki,

This month saw many business deals in the nuclear medicine community.  It will be interesting to see how everything shakes out.  The NOPR report is exciting as proof for how PET imaging is making a dramatic impact into the lives of our patients. 
Avista Acquires BMS Medical Imaging
Avista logoAvista Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm, as acquired Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging division for approximately $550 million.  BMS MI will operate as an independent company under a new name.  View the press release...
AMIC To Produce Indium-111
AMIC logoAdvanced Medical Isotope Corporation of Kennewick, Wash. (AMIC) announced the execution of a five-year agreement with Central Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (CRS) for the joint production and marketing of Indium-111.  For more information
PET Changes Patient Management
PET Scan
Results from the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR)," were presented at the 2007 RSNA meeting. According to the findings of over 16,000 cases, when intended cancer treatment management was classified as either treatment or nontreatment, physicians changed their management in 38% of cases after PET scans were conducted. The range was 31% to 46%, depending on indication. A change from nontreatment to treatment was much more common than vice versa -- 29.6% compared with 8.4%.  NOPR Website.
APhA Announces Award Winners
APhA logoCongratulations to the following individuals for their contributions to nuclear pharmacy practice.  The APhA will recognize them with awards at the Annual Meeting in San Diego in March.  George Hinkle will receive the Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award, Nicki Hilliard will be awarded the William H. Briner Distinguished Achievement Award in Nuclear Pharmacy Practice, and Buck Rhodes, PhD will be recognized with APhA Honorary Membership.  For more information and biographical sketches, please click here.  Congratulations!
Generic Mebrofenin Available
CIS-US logo CIS-US has received approval from the FDA to manufacture and market a generic kit for the preparation of Tc-99m Mebrofenin.  The company will begin distribution the week of Feb. 4, 2008.  View Press Release
Draxis Names GE as Sestamibi Distributor
Draxis logo DRAXIMAGE has granted GE Healthcare the exclusive right to market, distribute and sell its generic DRAXIMAGEŽ Sestamibi in the U.S. once the patent expires. Furthermore, GE Healthcare has agreed to purchase Technetium 99m Sestamibi injection exclusively from DRAXIMAGE.  GE Press Release
Canada Fires Nuclear Regulator
Chalk River facilities The Canadian government fired the country's Nuclear Safety Commission President, Linda Keen, over how she handled the closure of a reactor that makes two-thirds of the global supply of medical radioisotopes.  Keen refused to allow a 50-year-old reactor at the Chalk River facility in Ontario to reopen after a maintenance shutdown in November.   Legislation was passed through Parliment that overruled Keen and ordered the reactor to be restarted.
Feb. 13 Early Registration Deadline for APhA Meeting, Save $230
Feb. 14-17 SNM Mid-Winter Educational Symposium 2008 Newport Beach, CA
Feb. 16-17 25th Annual SNM Hawaii Meeting, Honolulu
Feb. 28 2008 Northern California Chapter Midwinter Meeting
Pleasanton, CA
Feb. 28 3rd Annual Symposium on PET/CT and Molecular Imaging
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 14-17 APhA Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
March 15-16 2008 PNW Chapter Spring Meeting
Portland, Oregon
March 28-30 53rd Annual Meeting of the SW Chapter
Little Rock, Arkansas
June 14-18 SNM 55th Annual Meeting,  New Orleans, LA
Online Poll
 
Has your pharmacy ever been inspected by the Department of Transportation?
 
No: 37.5%
Yes: 62.5%
Renal scan
 
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