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January 25, 2013
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  • Experts mull effect of isotope bill on diagnostic imaging industry
    President Barack Obama recently signed the American Medical Isotope Production Act of 2011, which promotes domestic production of low-enriched uranium-based isotopes, and industry experts are weighing the effect of this on the diagnostic imaging field. Colleen Glynn, senior marketing director for the Nuclear Pharmacy Services Business of Cardinal Health, said the use of LEU is not new, as it has long been the normal practice to use a blend of LEU- and highly enriched uranium-based molybdenum-99. Lynn Phillips of Covidien's pharmaceutical unit Mallinckrodt said the subsidiary can produce LEU-derived technetium-99m generators that comply with CMS criteria, but clients have yet to ask for them. Diagnostic Imaging (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Nordion files new statement of claim involving MAPLE project
    Nordion is now seeking damages worth $242 million from Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. -- an amount 85% less than the company originally sought from AECL for damages involving the cancellation of the MAPLE nuclear reactor project. Nordion lost its previous arbitration battle with the agency in September, and this new filing is anticipated to go to trial in 2014. Ottawa Business Journal (Ontario) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Senator urges action on final Sunshine Act regulations
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the Obama administration to issue the long-awaited final rules on the Sunshine Act, saying the delays "are disrupting the considerable efforts of the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers that are already investing in systems to comply with the law." The law requires device and drug firms to report financial ties with doctors. (Boston) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ONC issues memo on EHR test software problems
    A memorandum about problems with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Transport Test Tool for EHRs was issued by the agency to five independent groups involved in the testing and certification of EHR systems for stage 2 meaningful use. The ONC listed its efforts to solve the problems, such as the launch of a helpline to address inquiries about the software. A fix is expected by mid-February. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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