Nuclear Pharmacist

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POST DATE 9/8/2016
END DATE 7/19/2017

Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Managing daily operations of nuclear pharmacy including, preparation, dispensing, quality control and delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals. Specify protocols for the preparation of the daily quantities and types of radiopharmaceuticals needed to meet the demands of the patient schedule by appropriate use of specific calculations and assay methods in a sterile environment. Keep all records relating to procuring, receiving, dispensing and disposing of radioactive materials current and in an easy-to-read format for inspection by IEMA or other governing bodies. Prepare and oversee the maintenance of nuclear pharmacy records, reports and radiation disposal logs. Ensure the individual radioactive content and quality assurance of each radiopharmaceutical prepared for injection by means of a log-type record system, decay factor equations and solvent chromatography testing to verify the integrity of each dose dispensed, making sure each complies with minimum specific requirements. Coordinate the ordering and shipping of radiopharmaceutical doses to ancillary NM Healthcare sites. Insure DOT regulatory requirements, including training, for shipping radiopharmaceuticals to other NM Healthcare sites. Additional Functions: Insure compliance to USP 797 Sterile Product Formulation including environmental and biological controls, laminar flow hood microbial and sterile flow testing and environmental services cleaning. Coordinate mandatory annual testing and in-services for sterile product formulation, as outlined in USP 797, to all nuclear medicine technologists. Supervise the preparation of unit dose radiopharmaceuticals shipped to NM Healthcare sites, including personnel scheduling, radioactivity requirements, timely formulation considerations and extended quality assurance requirements necessary. Develop and implement Pharmacy Practice Guidelines for all locations. Collaborate with manager of nuclear medicine in the preparation of the radiopharmaceutical budget. Monitor and inspect the physical condition of the lab and the operation of all the equipment for safe and effective use. Instruct and direct students of the NM Academy School of Nuclear Medicine Technology with clinical and didactic coursework to teach them basic concepts of the nuclear pharmacy. Process all patient research data for Investigational New Drugs by means of extensive record keeping to ensure the exams conducted are within the guidelines outlined in the paperwork submitted to the Food and Drug Administration. Conduct basic and clinical research to attain useful information for literature publication. Assist Radiation Safety Officer with the Radiation Safety Program as needed. EOE including Disabled and Veterans.
Required: PharmD. 5 years of related nuclear pharmacy experience. Registered Pharmacist in Illinois. Working knowledge of current state and federal regulations affecting pharmacy practice and demonstrate ability to implement standards of accuracy and judgment required.