The job of a nuclear pharmacy technician (NPT) requires a special insight on nuclear pharmacy and how nuclear pharmaceutical medicines help cure many grave diseases.
What is a nuclear pharmacy?
Nuclear pharmacy is a breakthrough in pharmaceutical sciences. Nuclear pharmacy is a highly advanced form of medical sciences which deals with radioactive materials. It is an area of pharmacy in which the radioactive materials are compounded and dispensed so that they can be used to manufacture nuclear medicine. This area of pharmacy needs special skills and it demands maximum concentration and a high level of precision.
As it deals with radioactive materials, there is no space for the occurrence of an error as even the tiniest amounts of radioactive materials can wreak havoc within a person’s body while at the same time the right proportion can cure the incurable diseases too.
In the 70’s decade, the American Medical Association recognized nuclear pharmacy as an area of specialty as nuclear medicine developed. Not many apply for jobs in the nuclear pharmaceutical area, but those who do are required to be well versed about the matter they are dealing with.
What is a nuclear pharmacy technician? A nuclear pharmacy technician is the one who assists a nuclear pharmacist at a nuclear pharmaceutical company or a hospital. A nuclear pharmacy technician’s job requires specific qualification.
What does a nuclear pharmacy technician do? What’s the requirement?
• A nuclear pharmacy technician must be well versed and must have thorough knowledge of the nuclear pharmacy site he is working in. But he mustn’t neglect his responsibilities and duties as a technician. And this includes the standards of ethics laid down by the governing body of the pharmacy he is practicing in.
• A nuclear pharmacy technician must have a hand on knowledge of abbreviations, radiopharmaceutical terms, commonly used symbols in prescriptions, and how the radiopharmaceuticals are compounded and dispensed.
• A nuclear pharmacy technician must perform the required mathematical calculations for determining the dosage and preparation of solutions for the radiopharmaceuticals’ compounding and dispensing.
• An NPT must perform the functions that are related to purchase of drugs and control of inventory.
• An NPT must have hands on knowledge of imaging procedure by drug dosage¸ administration routes, forms of dosage, and the difference between diagnostic radiopharmaceutical utilization and the therapeutic.
• An NPT must have hands on knowledge of the operations and procedures that are related to the radiopharmaceuticals’ reconstitution, packaging, and labeling.
• An NPT must know the techniques and procedures that are related to admixture operations and aseptic compounding.
• An NPT must perform his record keeping functions that associate with the radiopharmaceuticals’ compounding and dispensing and control testing.
Number of job applicants and average salary
Out of over two hundred thousand applicants for the job of a pharmacy technician, an average of just two thousand students applied for the job of a nuclear pharmacy technician. The average salary of a nuclear pharmacy technician is $30,000.