Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 4, No. 8         October 2006

Bio-Tech Systems Market Report
U.S. sales of diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals reached $1.69 billion in 2005 and are expected to rise to $3.52 billion by 2012. Radiopharmaceutical sales grew 8.1% in 2005, diminishing somewhat from the previous year, but should resume growth in the range of 11%-12% per year. This forecast is based on the introduction of new products for cardiology and oncology and continued growth of PET imaging and sales of FDG. Sales of nuclear cardiology products will continue to drive the radiopharmaceutical market, with high utilization of nuclear perfusion studies coupled with advanced pharmacologic stress agents and introduction of new products for imaging myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure. Therefore, nuclear cardiology sales of $1.21 billion in 2005 will increase to $2.11 billion by 2012.  For additional information...

APhA Officer Election Results
Congratulations to the following individuals for the recent election as APhA officers.  We appreciate their time and talents to serve our profession!
APhA-APPM Executive Committee Member-at-Large: Duann Vanderslice, Jefferson, Pennsylvania,
Nuclear Pharmacy Practice Section
Chair-elect : Michele M. Beauvais, Highland, Michigan,
Member-at-Large: Vivian S. Loveless, Memphis, Tennessee,
New Election Cycle
Just as the announcement is made for the new APhA officers, it is now time to slate candidates for the next election cycle.  The APhA is changing the election cycle so that members will be able to meet the candidates at the APhA Annual Meeting and follow the same cycle as the Board of Trustees elections.  If you would like to serve the nuclear section as an officer applications are due by December 15th.  Watch for upcoming information.
BPS Approved Live CE at APhA Annual Meeting
Live continuing education hours applicable toward that which is required to maintain one's certification as a Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist through the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties has become a reality. This will happen for the first time at the upcoming APhA annual Meeting in Atlanta.  Fifteen hours of live CE credit will be offered for this meeting, of which five hours will be accepted for recertification.  More details about this process to come.
Hepatitis C Investigation Reported in JAMA Article
Health officials investigating the October 2004 outbreak of hepatitis C among 16 Baltimore-area recipients of a pharmacy-prepared radiopharmaceutical have reported in the recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  This is an important lesson for nuclear pharmacies handling biological products to follow appropriate aseptic technique to prevent contamination of sterile radiopharmaceuticals. To view this JAMA article...

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Nov. 2-5 Nuclear Medicine: 2006, New York, NY
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

Glow in the Dark?

No, radioactive things do not glow in the dark.  Radiation emitted by radioactive materials is not visible to the human eye. However, there are ways to "convert" this invisible energy to visible light. Many substances will emit visible light if "stimulated" by the ionizing radiation from radioactive material. These materials are known as "fluors" or "scintilators." So, by mixing some radioactive material, such as tritium, with such a fluor, you can make a substance that glows. This kind of material has been used in things like the faces of clocks, watches, and instruments on ships and airplanes to make them visible in the dark. This is why most people think of glowing things when they think of radioactive materials.


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