Nuclear Pharmacy eNewsletter
Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online November 2007
In This Issue
Mo-99 Shortage
FAA Inspections
Nuclear CE
Discontinued Products
Triad Expansion
Search for Leadership
Calendar of Events
Online Poll
Nuclear Facts
Agatha Christie
Thallium in therapeutic quantities is very toxic.   Agatha Christie, who worked as a pharmacist, used thallium as the agent of murder in her detective fiction novel The Pale Horse - the first clue to the murder method coming from the hair loss of the victims.
 
Case Study
"Elvis Sign"
A 45 year old Hispanic male currently receiving treatment for multiple myeloma was evaluated for disease progression with PET/CT.  Continued
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Dear Health Care Professional,

This issue serves as a reminder of how much regulatory issues govern the practice of nuclear pharmacy and nuclear medicine.  The Mo-99 shortage, FAA inspections, CE requirements, and USP <797> revisions are just some of the regulatory issues that affect us daily.
Mo-99 Shortage
Nordion logoBristol Myers Squibb has announced a shortage of Mo-99 that will affect Tc-99m generator production into next week.  The shortage is a result of required regulatory upgrades at the Nordion reactor in Canada that produces the Mo-99 for BMS.
FAA Inspections 
FAA logo Several nuclear pharmacies have recently been inspected by special agent with the Federal Aviation Administration.  The pharmacies that returned expired sources to the manufacturer via Fed-X were sited for not having documented DOT training for air shipments.  The online training available from Nuclear Education Online will satisfy the DOT and FAA requirements.  DOT training is required every three years for shippers of radiopharmaceuticals.
Nuclear Continuing Education

ACPE logoMany pharmacists are looking for continuing education credits before the Dec. 31st deadline.  Nuclear CE courses are available from the University of New Mexico, SNM, and Nuclear Education Online.

Chromic P-32 Still Available

GE Healthcare Life Sciences division announced that it is discontinuing production of short-lived radiochemicals, specifically those products labeled with P-32, P-33, S-35, and I-125.  This does not affect the availablilty of Chromic Phosphate P-32 radiopharmaceutical used in nuclear medicine.

Triad Adds New Pharmacies
Triad Isotopes announced the acquisition of four radiopharmaceutical companies that operate four nuclear pharmacies in South Carolina and Texas and one cyclotron in South Carolina.  (see press release)
USP <797> Revisions
USP logo The US Pharmacopeia has announced the revisions to USP Chapter 797 regarding the compounding of sterile preparations.  View the press release for further information.
APhA Officers
APhA logoThe APhA-APPM Nuclear Section is looking for new officers to serve the profession.  It is a great professional experience!  In 2008 the section will be electing new Chair-Elect and New Practitioner positions.  Deadline for applications is Dec. 14th.  Click here for more information.
Calendar of Events
Dec. 3-8 Exam dates for Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology
Dec. 14 Deadline for APhA officer applications
Jan. 27-31 Nuclear Medicine: 2008 PET & PET/CT
St. Kitts
Feb. 14-17 SNM Mid-Winter Educational Symposium 2008 Newport Beach, CA
Feb. 16-17 25th Annual SNM Hawaii Meeting
Honolulu
March 14-17 APhA Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
Online Poll
Has your pharmacy ever been inspected by the Department of Transportation?
 
 
Previous Poll: "Are you aware of ICANL accreditation, as it relates to nuclear medicine procedure reimbursement?"
 
44.4%:  Yes, I am familiar with ICANL and the reimbursement issues.
33.3%  I've heard of ICANL, but I'm unsure of what it is.
22.2%  Never heard of it.
Renal scan
 
Nicki Hilliard, PharmD, BCNP
Professor of Nuclear Pharmacy
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DOT Training

Only $45
The Department of Transportation requires initial and refresher training every three years for individuals that transport radioactive materials.   The NEO course "Training for Shippers and Transporters of Radiopharmaceuticals" has different levels of training for couriers, drivers, technicians, technologists, and pharmacists.  The perfect answer for your training needs! 
 
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