Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 1, No. 5              June 2003

Bexxar Receives FDA Approval
June 30, 2003 - Corixa Corporation and GlaxoSmithKline
announced that the FDA has approved BEXXAR® (Tositumomab and Iodine I 131 Tositumomab) for the treatment of patients with CD20 positive, follicular, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).  See www.corixa.com for more information.
 
APhA Call for Nominations
The APhA has issued the first call for award nominations.  For more information see the APhA website at www.aphanet.org.  Allegra DiPietro Bruce (abruce@partners.org) heads the nuclear section's award committee and would be happy to help answer any questions.  The deadline for most awards is Sept. 15, 2003.
 
New Diagnostic Study for ADHD Investigated
Evidence suggests that patients with ADHD do not have enough of the neurotransmitter dopamine. A recent study  tested the effectiveness of I-123 Altropane® SPECT imaging in examining dopamine transporter levels and thus detecting ADHD. See the press release for this study and others presented at the recent Society of Nuclear Medicine’s 50th Annual Meeting at http://www.snm.org/am/am_pr.cfm.
 

July 1-5 Emory University School of Medicine 17th Annual Nuclear Medicine Update Course  The Cloister; Sea Island, Georgia
August 10-14 15th International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry (ISRC)    Sydney, Australia
August 15-18 Second Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Imaging San Francisco, CA
August 23-27 European Society of Nuclear Medicine   Amsterdam
Sept. 11-14 ASNC American Society of Nuclear Cardiology; Indianapolis, IN


Over 40% of all disposable medical supplies are sterilized using gamma radiation. Hospital supplies such as sutures, masks, surgical gloves, dressings, scalpel blades, catheters and syringes are pre-packaged and passed through an irradiator containing a large cobalt-60 source. The irradiation process virtually eliminates all bacteria, viruses and other living organisms that could threaten the sterile operating room environment without damage to the product.  Irradiation, being a cold process, permits the sterilization of heat-sensitive materials such as plastic, and is often the only method of sterilizing some pharmaceutical powders, ointments and solutions.



Quantitative Lung Scan -- A 74 year old white male with a history of smoking and emphysema presented to the hospital with difficulty breathing.  Continued....

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