Nuclear Pharmacy Resources
Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Pharmacy and Nuclear Medicine: This book contains essential information required by state and federal radiation licensing organizations for specialty practitioners preparing to become authorized nuclear pharmacists or authorized nuclear medicine physicians.
Nuclear Pharmacy Quick Reference: Built on nearly 50 tables and figures, the handbook provides essential facts and information used daily in nuclear pharmacy practice.
Diagnostic Imaging for Pharmacists: This book provides pharmacists and student pharmacists with a basic understanding of diagnostic imaging and of pharmaceuticals used as a part of the imaging process.
Radiopharmaceutical Vendor Qualification Checklist: This is a tool for nuclear medicine and pharmacy departments to use to evaluate commercial nuclear pharmacy vendors.
APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition
The APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition typically offers approximately 15 hours of live continuing education geared toward the practice of nuclear pharmacy. Several of these sessions are also now approved for BCNP recertification credit. Learn more.
Education and Certification Information /Licensure Links
Authorized Nuclear Pharmacist training requirements: Outlined by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 10 CFR 35.55
Nuclear Education Online (NEO): NEO is an educational consortium between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy. The program includes authorized user training for pharmacists and CPE activities.
Purdue University Nuclear Pharmacy Program: In addition to a nuclear pharmacy certificate program, Purdue offers continuing education activities that meet the requirements set forth by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties for recertification. Subscribers to the CE program are also given access to many reference materials and learning tools for nuclear pharmacy practitioners.
University of Tennessee Nuclear Pharmacist Program: The Memphis campus of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy offers a certificate program in nuclear pharmacy. Also, a continuing education program in nuclear pharmacy is offered to pharmacy graduates, and this program provides the didactic educational requirements for authorized user training for pharmacists.
Practice Tools, Standards, and Guidelines
Several professional organizations provide tools and publish detailed guidelines for the clinical applications of radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine:
- American College of Radiology (ACR) Practice Parameters: The ACR lists guidelines for a variety of medical imaging modalities. Nuclear pharmacists may find the section titled “Diagnostic Radiology: Nuclear Medicine Practice Parameters and Technical Standards” to be particularly useful.
- American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Clinical Guidelines: The ASNC presents imaging guidance for nuclear cardiology procedures.
- American Thyroid Association (ATA) Practice Guidelines: The ATA offers recommendations and procedures for the use of radiopharmaceuticals in the treatment and diagnosis of thyroid diseases.
- Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Procedure Standards
- SNMMI Pediatric Dosing Calculator: The SNMMI promotes the science, technology and practical application of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. It provides valuable guidelines and resources for any health care professional involved with nuclear medicine.
- Package Insert and NDC Lookup: This web site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts. The NDC lookup can be helpful when setting up medications in a hospital database for prescribing and billing purposes.
Journal of the American College of Radiology: Provides information related to Health Services research & policy, clinical practice management, training & education.One of its featured tools, Radiation Dose Optimization in pediatric patients, can be located under the Resource Center tab.
Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: This is the official peer-reviewed publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) devoted to publishing the newest research and clinical developments in the field. Also offers PET/SPECT resources and PUBMED search for nuclear cardiology study articles.
Journal of Nuclear Medicine: This is a peer-reviewed, monthly publication, offering readers around the globe clinical investigations articles, basic science reports, continuing education articles, and book reviews.
Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology: This journal offers a portable database of ADR and DI with radiopharmaceuticals and is available at: www.radiopharmacy.net with the installation of the Datinrad software. This open access app is free in both English and Spanish. Also has a Comprehensive Software Applications for performing calculations of doses under the Nucleolab program.
FDA guidance for positron emission tomography (PET) production facilities operating under CGMP criteria
Guidance for radiopharmaceutical compounding or production that is exempt from CGMP requirements: USP <823>, USP <797>, USP <1823>; requires subscription to USP
Coalition for Pet Drugs: Forum for PET drug manufacturing to address current topics with government agencies and other groups
NCI IND Regulatory & Manufacturing Resources: NIH-funded site providing various IND documents, templates and Investigator Brochures for numerous commonly used IND drugs.
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations (sometimes called administrative law) published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States. The CFR provides all federal laws for drugs, DOT, manufacturing, etc.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency of the United States government tasked with protecting public health and safety related to nuclear energy.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an agency of the United States federal government whose mission is to protect human and environmental health.
Department of Transportation (DOT) is the department of the U.S. federal government that coordinates and institutes national transportation programs including transport of radioactive materials.
Radioactive Decay Calculators
The below sites are useful for determining radioactive decay calculations.
Sources for Procedure Dose Estimates
APhA-APPM Nuclear Pharmacy Practice Special Interest Group
Get involved and learn more about Nuclear Pharmacy Practice by joining the APhA-APPM Nuclear Pharmacy Practice Special Interest Group.
APhA thanks Allegra DePietro, Richard Green, Charlotte Denise Jeffers, Lauren Kelbe, RC Riberich, and Garcia Simon-Clarke for their contributions to nuclear pharmacy practice content on pharmacist.com.