Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 2, No. 2      March 2004

APhA Annual Meeting Activities
Fifteen hours of nuclear pharmacy continuing education credit available at the APhA Meeting in Seattle plus many networking opportunities, including the NEO Luncheon, March 26 - 30, 2004.  For a list of selected activities click here.
NANP Meeting:  State-of-the-Art and Beyond
The National Association of Nuclear Pharmacies will hold a panel discussion and industry forum on several cutting-edge legislative and regulatory issues that impact the practice and operations of nuclear pharmacies on March 28th during the APhA Meeting.  For more information about the meeting and the topics that will be addressed click here.
Next Generation Stress Agent:  Binodenoson
Phase 3 trials were initiated in December 2003 for a new pharmacologic stress agent, Binodenoson, specific to the only adenosine receptor necessary for increased cardiac blood flow, the A2A receptor. This specificity allows Binodenoson to deliver - in a single injection - a more effective dose of medication with fewer side effects. 
Medicare Solicits Public Input on FDG for Alzheimer's
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the National Coverage Analysis tracking sheet for PET(FDG) and Other Neuroimaging Devices for Suspected Dementia. In this update, CMS is requesting input from the public regarding questions they have developed after reviewing the National Coverage Determination request for the use of PET in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and the Alzheimer’s Association position statement on PET.  Responses are to be sent to Samantha Richardson at by March 31, 2004
Medical Dictionary Available Online
Not sure what genual or nystagmus mean?  Check out the online Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary.  For a traditional dictionary or thesaurus at
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March 26-28 Greater New York Chapter SNMT, Tarrytown, NY
March 26-30
APhA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
NEO Luncheon on Saturday!
April 2-4 Southwest Chapter SNM, Austin, TX
April 16-18 Mid-Eastern Chapter SNM, Richmond, VA
April 25 Deadline for APhA Section Officer Application
June 19-23 SNM 51st Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 4-9 FIP Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Sept. 4-8 European Nuclear Medicine Meeting, Helsinki, Finland
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