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Webinar: Nuclear Pharmacy for the Acute Care Pharmacist

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This program is to provide the acute care pharmacist with a foundational understanding of nuclear pharmacy practice to better address The Joint Commission regulatory expectations that the inpatient pharmacist provide oversight of radiopharmaceuticals used in the nuclear medicine department. The inpatient practitioner will gain insight into the manner in which nuclear pharmacies process orders and prepare radiopharmaceuticals to meet the quality standards for safety and efficacy. This improved understanding will assist pharmacists in implementing the necessary processes to ensure safe and effective monitoring of these radiopharmaceuticals in the acute care setting.

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Pre-registration is required to participate. Registrants for this live activity MUST be current APhA members.

After registering, members will be sent a confirmation email with instructions to access the webinar. A reminder notice will also be sent on day of webinar to all registrants.

Participants must actively participate in the entire activity and successfully complete the online assessment and evaluation to claim CPE credit.  

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, pharmacists will be able to:

  1. Describe the regulations & restrictions for acquisition and use of radiopharmaceuticals in the nuclear medicine department.
  2. Identify the characteristics of radiopharmaceuticals.
  3. List the general 4 categories/forms of radiopharmaceuticals available for purchase.
  4. Describe the unique characteristics of radiopharmaceuticals that govern the timing in which these medicine products must be prepared, delivered to the nuclear medicine department, and administered to patients.
  5. Describe the foundational principles of nuclear pharmacy compounding, including programs and processes nuclear pharmacies have implemented to ensure and monitor product quality, safety, and sterility (e.g. USP 797 compliance).
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for the review of nuclear pharmacy orders (i.e., Joint Commission) as well as recognize the resources available to assist with compliance.
  7. Apply this learning in the development of internal processes for effective and efficient monitoring of radiopharmaceuticals.

Speaker

Kristina Wittstrom, PhD
Director of Professional Curriculum & Continuing Pharmacist Education
Pharmacy Practice & Administrative Sciences
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Disclosures

Kristina Wittstrom, PhD and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, please visit the APhA website at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures.

Activity Fee

There is no fee for this live activity. This activity is for APhA members only.

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following webinar is approved for 1.5 contact hours of CPE credit (0.15 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers for this activity is 0202-0000-17-212-L04-P.

To obtain 1.5 contact hour of continuing pharmacy education credit (0.15 CEUs) for completing " Nuclear Pharmacy for the Acute Care Pharmacist," attend the live webinar, complete the evaluation, and claim credit. An attendance code and detailed instructions how to claim credit will be provided during the webinar. Participants will need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After your credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

Activity Type: Application-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists

Learning Level: Level 2

Development

“Nuclear Pharmacy for the Acute Care Pharmacist” is a live, virtual continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association, specifically the APhA-APPM Nuclear Pharmacy Special Interest Group.

System Requirements

Computer and Internet access is required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.

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