Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 3, No. 8         October 2005

Dao Le To Join Nuclear Pharmacy Faculty
Dao Le, PharmD, BCNP will join the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy and the Nuclear Education Online faculty beginning in January.  Dr. Le will be the Curricular Expansion Coordinator for the NEO program.  The NEO program will develop new programs for PET education, nuclear cardiology, DOT training, basic radiation safety, and pharmacy school elective courses.  The start-up funds are provided in-part by a U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant.
 
APhA Election Results Announced
Congratulations to Richard Nickel and Dao Le for being elected to the APhA-APPM Section on Nuclear Pharmacy Practice positions of Chair-Elect and New Practitioner, respectively.  Rich is the Senior Quality Assurance Associate at Tyco/Mallinckrodt Medical.  Dao is currently a pharmacist and RSO at Mallinckrodt in Houston, soon to be an assistant professor at UAMS as noted above. 
Loss of Colleague David Kelly
David Kelly (48) died earlier this month as a result of a motorcycle accident. He was nuclear pharmacist for Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV.  David was one of the first pharmacists to receive his BCNP.  He will be missed by his family and the nuclear pharmacy community.  View obituary...
 
Katrina Destroys New Orleans Pharmacies
Cardinal Health and GE Healthcare suffered extensive damage to their New Orleans operations.  Both pharmacies are planning to rebuild in the area.  Zeta Hayes, Cardinal Health manager in New Orleans, reported that they were able to serve the city from outlying locations in Houma, Slidell and Baton Rouge.  Currently, only about 35% of the customer base exists.  Shane Foret, the GE manager, described how their pharmacy’s roof was damaged by Katrina and that all radioactive and biohazard waste was accounted for and disposed of by the appropriate contractors. All of the employees have been greatly affected, many losing their homes.   Many have transferred to other locations within the companies during the interim period.  Zeta said "we could tell stories for hours."
 
Cover those Generator Ports
One of the easy ways to increase USP<797> compliance and protect a critical site for microbial contamination is to replace the generator needle cover vials after each elution.  This should be a common practice.

Look for pictures from Dr. Stanley Shaw's retirement and UNM Anniversary celebrations in next month's issue.

Feb. 11-12 SNM Mid-Winter Educational Symposium, Tempe, AZ
Feb. 18-19 American College of Nuclear Physicians Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mar 17-21 APhA Annual Meeting, San Francisco
June 3-7 SNM Annual Meeting, San Diego
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Carbon-14 Dating

Cosmic rays cause neutrons to strike nitrogen atoms in the atmosphere to form Carbon-14 (half-life = 5730 years).  This carbon combines with oxygen to form carbon dioxide which is absorbed by plants.  Animals take in the carbon-14 by eating these plants.  The ratio of normal carbon (carbon-12) to carbon-14 in the air and in all living things at any given time is nearly constant.  After death the C-14 continues to decay but is not replaced, therefore the ratio of C-12 to C-14 can be used in dating materials.  Carbon-14 is also used in nuclear medicine in the detection of H.pylori infection in the stomach causing gastric ulcers.

References:
How Stuff Works; Radiocarbon Dating;
PYtest brochure

 

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