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February 8, 2013
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News for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging professionals
 
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  • Guidance for new Alzheimer's treatments unveiled by FDA
    The FDA released a nine-page draft guidance document that recommends ways to develop medicines aimed at treating Alzheimer's disease before the onset of brain damage and memory loss. "This draft guidance is intended to serve as a focus for continued discussions between the FDA and pharmaceutical sponsors, the academic community, advocacy groups, and the public," the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's Dr. Russell Katz said. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has identified a lack of noninvasive, validated biomarkers and the nature of the illness itself as reasons behind statistics that show only three drugs have been approved since 1998, while 101 candidates have failed. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/7) , The Hill/RegWatch blog (2/7) , Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Report 
  • 8 ways to strike back at the challenges facing imaging
    The field of radiology is facing a number of challenges, including reduced reimbursement, greater demand and questions about the necessity of many tests, but radiologists have the power to address some of these issues to secure their future, according to Dr. David Levin of Thomas Jefferson University. Levin recommends implementing eight steps, including monitoring and working to reduce radiation doses, consulting with referring physicians and working directly with patients, and preparing for lower reimbursement by considering hospital employment or reducing prices to appeal to payers. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  • Sequester could slow or stop FDA reviews, analyst warns
    FDA operations will be limited by budget sequestration if lawmakers don't move to stop an 8.2% automatic cut before March 1, the consulting firm Avalere Health warned. "An underfunded FDA could lead to FDA review clocks being reset or delayed, which would affect a sponsor's ability to obtain product approval -- thus delaying patient access to cutting edge medical innovations," Avalere said in its report. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Developments 
  • Imaging companies continue push into rural China
    China's rural landscape is continuing to attract interest from medical imaging companies in the wake of the country's 2009 health care overhaul that prioritized improving services in rural areas. Major imaging players that have initiated rural health care activities in China include GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare and Siemens Healthcare. As many as half of rural hospitals lack sufficient medical equipment, according to this article. AuntMinnie.com (free registration)/ChinaBionews (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • Bipartisan House bill would end Medicare SGR
    Reps. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., and Joe Heck, R-Nev., introduced a bill to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and identify new payment and delivery models based on specialty, practice type and region. The bill also increases payment updates for preventive care, primary care and coordinated care. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Legislators introduce bill aimed at repealing device tax
    A bill that would repeal the 2.3% medical device tax has been introduced by Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Ron Kind, D-Wis., along with more than 170 co-sponsors. The legislators said the tax could stymie economic growth and job creation in the medtech sector, which provides more than 400,000 jobs in the U.S. A companion bill is expected to follow in the Senate soon. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • Patient engagement gets $25M boost from EMR developer
    EClinicalWorks, a developer of EMRs, is putting $25 million into efforts to promote patient engagement, including the development of a mobile patient application known as Healow. The app is meant to help patients connect with health records and providers while managing prescription use and refills, accessing test results and more. The firm also announced findings from a physician survey: 93% of respondents said mobile apps can help improve health outcomes, and 89% reported they were likely to encourage patients to use such tools. MobiHealthNews.com (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From SNMMI 
  • Special Symposium: Photons Across Medicine — April 15, 2013
    Join SNMMI for a special symposium on the use of photons across medical imaging, taking place during the Optics in the Life Sciences Congress, April 14-18 in Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii. During this congress, you'll explore the latest advances in molecular probe development, life science imaging, novel and more powerful optical instrumentation and its application to study fundamental biological processes and clinical investigations. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Earn SAM credit!
    Earn the self-assessment credit hours needed to maintain your certification. New modules are now available, including Bringing Physiology into PET of the Liver, Imaging of Multiple Myeloma and Related Plasma Cell Dyscrasias, Modern Nuclear Imaging for Paragangliomas: Beyond SPECT, Oncologic PET/MRI, Part 1: Tumors of the Brain, Head and Neck, Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis, and Effectiveness and Safety of FDG-PET in the Evaluation of Dementia. Get started today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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