Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 4, No. 5              July 2006

CIS-US Decreases Shelf-Life of Sulfur Colloid Kits
Due to product testing results of sulfur colloid kits, CIS  issued in a change in the kit expiration to 6 months.  FDA has ruled that the product does not need to be recalled because it does not risk patient safety or product efficacy.  CIS is the only manufacturer of sulfur colloid in the U.S. View the CIS customer notice.
New Imaging Agents for Alzheimer's Disease
Schering AG and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals announced that they will collaborate to develop a new compound to bind to the amyloid plaques in the brain.  This will utilize PET imaging for diagnostic studies of patients with Alzheimer's Disease. For more information....
Protocol Drafted for Standardized Media Fill Test
USP <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding-Sterile Preparations requires training and evaluation of personnel aseptic technique through media fill testing.  There is a need for a standardized media fill protocol for compounding injectable radiopharmaceutical unit dosages. The purpose of the protocol is to field-test the utility of a proposed media fill exercise for low-risk compounding that will be supported by the nuclear pharmacist community. Protocol, Data Collection Record, and Project Graphics Powerpoint documents are available for review. Please email comments or questions to Rich Nickel, Nuclear Section Chair-elect, at

Call for Award Nominations
Nominate individuals and organizations that are making a difference in pharmacy practice and/or research for recognition at the APhA2007 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. You can nominate them yourself or contact Rich Fejka, the Nuclear Section Awards Committee Chair, with your suggestions or questions.  For more information...
Election Slate Announced
We applaud the following individuals for stepping forward to offer their time and talents to lead the APhA-APPM Nuclear Pharmacy Practice Section.  The slate for the upcoming fall elections are Executive Committee Member-at-Large: Stephen Dragotakes, Medfield, MA & Duann Vanderslice, Jefferson PA. (assuring a nuclear pharmacy presence on the executive committee!) Nuclear Chair-elect:  Michelle Beauvais, Highland, MI & Steve Mattmuller, Kettering, OH.  Nuclear Member-at-Large: Andrew Farrow, St. Louis, MO & Vivian Loveless, Memphis, TN. 
NRC Invites Public Comment
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is inviting public comment on the proposed new rule for the NRC to regulate byproduct materials into their regulatory framework.  The NRC Press Release and the Proposed Rules are available for review.

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Aug. 1 2006 BCNP Exam Registration Deadline
Aug 30-Sept 2 Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Imaging
Waikoloa, Hawaii
Sept. 15 Deadline for submitting nominations for APhA Awards
Sept 15-17 Southeastern Chapter of the SNM - 47th Annual Meeting
Walt Disney World, Florida
Oct. 1-7 Nuclear Medicine Week
Oct. 5-8 31st Annual Western Regional Meeting
Reno, Nevada
Oct. 22-27 9th World Congress - World Federation of Nuclear Medicine & Biology (WFNMB)
Seoul, South Korea
March 16-19, 2007 2007 APhA Meeting in Atlanta, GA

Hollywood has often totally misrepresented the facts about radiation exposure and the dangers of working with radiation.  The Hulk was supposedly created from the blast of a "gamma bomb". Godzilla is the fictional creature created from the atomic bombs dropped on Japan.  One 1989 movie about the Manhattan project including the dramatization of a fatal   radiation accident was Fat Man and Little Boy (code names for the atomic weapons dropped on Nagasaki & Hiroshima) starring Paul Newman.  For a list of actual radiation accidents and events see the Johnston Archives.


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Results of the previous poll:  "How much experience with nuclear pharmacy did you have prior to taking a job?"  (103 votes)

None:  39.8%

Class or lectures in pharmacy school: 15.5%

Senior rotation in a nuclear pharmacy: 17.5%

Summer internship in a nuclear pharmacy: 28.2%

A bone scan and a PET scan were performed on a 66 year-old woman for follow-up evaluation of her breast cancer.  She has a history of radiation, chemotherapy and bisphosphonate therapy of osteoporosis.     Continued

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