- Dao Le To Join Nuclear
- 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
- 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.
- Katrina Destroys New
- 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.
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
- 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
Look for pictures from Dr. Stanley Shaw's
retirement and UNM Anniversary celebrations in next month's
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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.
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