Nuclear Pharmacy eNewsletter
Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online                                               July 2008
In This Issue
Congress Overrides Veto
Cardiolite Patent Expires
Procedures Up Sales Down
GE & Cardinal Restructure
Nuclear Facts 
 Atomic Cocktail
"Atomic Cocktail" 
 
This term is found in the dictionary as  "an oral dose of a radioactive substance used in the treatment or diagnosis of cancer."  This term was first coined in 1946 with the use of radioiodine.  There are now alcoholic drinks and bands that use the same name.
Case Study
Indium-111 WBC Scan 
47 year old patient with a history of sickle cell disease and hip replacement surgery.  A In-111 WBC scan was performed to evaluate hip pain.  What is missing in this scan?  
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The deadline for the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties BCNP exam application is AUGUST 1.
Dear Nuclear Medicine Professional,

Supporting the legislative efforts of our professional organizations is important for nuclear medicine and pharmacy.  Your membership and personal contacts with legislators make an important impact.  Congress recently restored research funding and overrode a presidential veto.  Thanks go to the many that worked for these changes.
Congress Overrides Presidential Veto
Congress supported nuclear medicine this month by overriding a presidential veto of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act.  This bill reverses at 10% cut in physician fees and provided a 18 month extension for 2007 reimbursement rates for radioimmunotherapies.  Check to see how your representatives voted and say thanks.
Cardiolite Patent Expires
Market exclusivity of the sestamibi brand name product Cardiolite expired on July 29, 2008.  There are several generic sestamibi manufacturers that have received FDA approval.  Cardiolite had a 60% market share of the 15 million cardiac imaging procedures performed yearly.
PET Procedures Increase But Scanner Sales Down

A new market report predicts that the number of PET procedures will increase by 20% over 2007.  However, the number of new scanners ordered decreased in the U.S. by 19%.  There was a 9% increase in international sales of PET scanners.  2007 saw 1.8 million PET procedures which is expected to rise to 7.1 million by 2015.  For more information...


GE and Cardinal Announce Restructuring
Both GE Healthcare and Cardinal Health announced reorganization changes this month.  Cardinal Health will reduce its workforce by 600 positions and consolidate business units.  GE Healthcare, who announced cuts last month, named John Dineen as the new Pres/CEO.  Cardinal Press Release, GE Healthcare Press Release.
Online Poll
Do you have highspeed Internet access in the nuclear pharmacy? 
 
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Previous Poll: Have you raised prices or cut deliveries in response to the high gas prices?
Yes, raised deliver prices:  55.3%
Yes, cut back on number of delivery runs:  5.3%
No, service & price are unchanged:  39.5% 
Aug. 1 Postmark deadline for BCNP exam application
Sept 10-13 World Molecular Imaging Congress
Nice, Provence, France
Sept. 10-14 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Boston, MA
Sept. 11 PET / CT for Radiation Oncology, Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 15 Deadline for APhA Award Nominations
Sept. 25-27 2008 Nuclear Medicine Symposium, Traverse City, MI
Oct 1-31 American Pharmacists Month
Oct. 4 Board Certification Exam Date
Oct. 3-5 Missouri Valley Chapter, SNM Meeting, Omaha, NE
Oct. 6-10 Nuclear Medicine Week
Renal scan
Nicki Hilliard, PharmD, BCNP
Professor of Nuclear Pharmacy
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