MD Anderson Cancer Center Staff Radiopharmacist in Houston, Texas

Staff Radiopharmacist

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Allied Health at

Diagnostic Imaging - Research 900095

Requisition #: 118062

Mission Statement

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


The position requires the ability to successfully manage the dispensing, compounding and quality control of radiopharmaceuticals. Ensures safe and reliable unit dose dispensing of both FDA-approved and investigational radiotracer imaging agents in compliancewith FDA, United States Pharmacopeia, Texas Department of State Health Services Radiation Control Program and Texas State Board of Pharmacy rules and regulations. Provides supervision for the CRF Nuclear Medicine Technician (NMT) and monitors area to ensure a safe working environment. Participates in preparation and release of hyperpolarized contrast agents and provide guidance to the NMT regarding same.

Key Functions

Radioisotope/Hyperpolarized Agent Handling and Dispensing

· Applies principles and practices of pharmacy and radiochemistry to prepare and dispenses unit doses of radioactive pharmaceuticals used for patient diagnosis and therapy.

· Receives radiopharmaceutical prescription from physician and reviews prescription to determine suitability of radiopharmaceutical for intended use.

· Utilizes knowledge of radiopharmaceutical preparation and principles of drug biodistribution to verify that specified radioactive substances and reagents will give desired results in examination or treatment procedures.

· Calculates volume of radioactive pharmaceutical required to provide patient with desired level of radioactivity at prescribed time, according to established rates of radioisotope decay.

· Follows all radiopharmacy procedures, extemporaneously compounds. radiopharmaceuticals and non-radioactive drugs not available from commercial sources to prepare various investigational radiopharmaceuticals.

· Provides complex radiolabeling services (including radiolabeling of peptides for diagnostic and therapeutic applications).

· Dispatches radiopharmaceutical materials to external purchasers in compliance with the requirements for lawful transport of radioactive materials by air or road.

· Assays prepared radiopharmaceuticals, using measuring and analysis instruments and equipment, such as ionization chamber, pulse-height analyzer, and radioisotope dose calibrator, to verify rate of drug disintegration and to ensure that patient receives required dose.

· Works with NMT to aseptically prepare sterile fluid paths for use in the SpinLab.

· Understands quality control release criteria for hyperpolarized agents produced by the SpinLab. Signs off on release of dose.

· Works collaboratively with the Director of the CRF, various researchers, and staff radiochemists to produce and provide cGMP-grade novel PET tracers for clinical and research studies.

· Attends site initiation and/or investigator orientation meetings for clinical trials in which the CRF is involved.

Documentation and Record Keeping

· Maintains compliance with the established regulations for radiopharmacy operation, including, but not limited to:

· Texas Department of Health Services Radiation Control Program

· US Pharmacopeia

· Food and Drug Administration

· Texas Board of Pharmacy

· Drug inventory, drug accountability, dispensing and inventory control

· The prescription drug ordering process including prescription generation and traceability

· Pharmacy dispensing and dispensed drug final verification checks

· M.D. Anderson internal pharmacy guidelines

· Performs weekly and monthly Quality Assurance procedures.

· Assists with Out of Specification (OOS) event investigations and proposes subsequent plans of action.

· Works with the Director to document all radiopharmaceutical product complaints received by the CRF. Assists with any investigation(s) as directed by Director.

· Actively participates during inspections by the Texas BOP, FDA or other regulatory agencies.

Radiopharmacy Safety

· Monitors assigned area for environmental deficiencies such as lighting/electrical needs or breech of exit/entrance. Notifies Director of occurrences.

· Ensures that radiopharmaceutical personnel wear appropriate personnel protective equipment (PPE) when working in hazardous controlled areas.

· Ensures that the radiopharmacy is clean, organized, and safe for personnel.

· Limits access only to those by qualified/required personnel.

· Works to ensure minimal radiation exposure and compliance with the “As Low as Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA) principle.

· Responsible for ensuring radiation detection equipment is worn by personnel working in the Radiopharmacy.

· Performs/documents daily dosimeter checks.

· Assures/supervises radioactive/biohazard waste segregation and disposal and completion of related documentation.

· Ensures appropriate storage and handling of radiation detecting equipment.

· Actively participates during inspections by the Texas BOP, FDA or other regulatory agencies.

Human Resource Oversight

· Leads by example in behavior and work ethic.

· Organizes, co-ordinates, and/or appropriately delegates daily activities to the NMT to ensure appropriate resource allocation and to meet the needs of CABI Customers.

· Monitors area workflow to assure that all tasks are performed in a timely manner.

· Provides daily supervision of the NMT.

· Establishes regular meeting times with direct report(s) to provide timely feedback on performance. Conducts coaching/counseling sessions as needed to achieve positive outcomes for patient and staff issues/concerns.

· Completes Performance Evaluations for direct reports per institutional timelines.

· Provides training/arranges in-services for the NMT to integrate new procedures into daily practices.

· Identifies opportunities for professional growth of direct report(s). Covers routine tasks so that direct report(s) are able to attend identified training.


Required: Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy.

Preferred: Pharm.D. degree from an accredited college of pharmacy


Required: Current license to practice pharmacy in the State of Texas.

Preferred: Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist (BCNP)


Required: Two years of experience as a Nuclear Pharmacist.

Preferred: Five years of experience as a Nuclear Pharmacist to include one year of experience with cGMP regulations for the manufacturing of PET radiopharmaceuticals.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.