What Does a Nuclear Pharmacist Do?
A nuclear pharmacist is a pharmacist who specializes in the preparation, dispensing, and administration of radioactive drugs. These drugs are used in a variety of medical procedures, including imaging, treatment, and research.
Here are some of the specific duties of a nuclear pharmacist:
- Prepare radioactive drugs: Nuclear pharmacists prepare radioactive drugs by following strict safety procedures. They must ensure that the drugs are properly labelled and stored, and that they are used safely by patients and healthcare professionals.
- Dispense radioactive drugs: Nuclear pharmacists dispense radioactive drugs to patients and healthcare professionals. They must ensure that the drugs are dispensed in the correct dose and form, and that they are used safely.
- Administer radioactive drugs: In some cases, nuclear pharmacists may also administer radioactive drugs to patients. This is typically done for patients who are taking injectable medications or who need help taking their medications.
- Consult with healthcare professionals: Nuclear pharmacists consult with healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and radiologists, to ensure that radioactive drugs are used safely and effectively. They provide information about the drugs, their side effects, and their proper use.
- Educate patients and the public: Nuclear pharmacists educate patients and the public about radioactive drugs. They explain the risks and benefits of these drugs, and they answer questions about their use.
- Research new radioactive drugs: Nuclear pharmacists research new radioactive drugs. They work to develop new drugs that are more effective and safer than existing drugs.