Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 4, No. 9         November 2006

FDA Approves Clinical Trials for I-131 MIBG Therapy
The FDA has approved two clinical trials to begin in Dec or early 2007 for the use of I-131 MIBG in the treatment of high-risk neuroblastoma.  These studies are coordinated by New Advances in Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT) consortium.  For more information about the studies and the list of locations click here.
Pharmacy CE
December 31 is approaching so it is time to make sure you are up-to-date on your pharmacy continuing education.  Nuclear CE lessons are available from the University of New Mexico at
radiopharmacyCE/. Additional CE hours will soon be added for BCNP requirements.  For those that obtained BCNP certification in 1999, your recertification is due this year.  Check with the BPS on your status if you have any questions. 
New Election Cycle
The APhA Nuclear Section is looking candidates for the Chair-Elect and the New Practitioner (graduated after March 2003) officer positions for  2008-2010.  If you would like to serve the nuclear section as an officer, applications are due by December 15th.  Go to APhA for information.
Recommended Reading
Neil Petry, BCNP has passed along these suggested readings, Tuxedo Park : A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II  and "109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos both by Jennet Conant (2002). "Together these books help characterize what the big names in 20th century science were like in real life. It was interesting to learn how all these big time scientists were connected."  You may want to add these titles to your Christmas list.

APhA Members:  Join the Nuclear Pharmacy eCommunity Discussions at

Jan. 22-24 Workshop on Imaging-Based Tools for Target Pharmacokinetics/ Pharmacodynamics, Pasadena, CA
Feb. 15-18 SNM 2007 Mid-Winter Meeting, San Antonio, TX
Feb. 22 2007 Northern California Mid-Winter Meeting,  Oakland, California
March 16-19, 2007 2007 APhA Meeting in Atlanta, GA
April 13-15 37th Annual Mid-Eastern Chapter, SNM Spring Meeting, Ocean City, Maryland

Happy Holidays from your friends at
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Polonium-210 is currently in the news due to radiation poisoning and death of  Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.  Po-210 is an alpha emitter that has a half-life of 138.376 days. A milligram of Po-210 emits as many alpha particles as 5 grams of radium. A great deal of energy is released by its decay with half a gram quickly reaching a temperature above 750 K. It has been used to heat lunar spacecraft. Alpha spectroscopy is the best method of measuring this isotope.  For more information...


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Response to previous poll

Most areas of the nation are experiencing a pharmacist shortage.  On average, how long does it take to fill a pharmacist position in your pharmacy?  (97 votes)

<3 weeks         6.2%
1-2 months     12.4%
3-6 months     36.1%
6-12 months   45.4%

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