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Cardinal Health Extends Radiopharmaceutical Manufacturing Network to Nebraska
Date:3/16/2009

New Omaha facility to help advance the early diagnosis and treatment of disease

DUBLIN, Ohio, March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardinal Health, a global provider of products and services that improve the safety and productivity of health care, today announced that it has opened a new facility in Omaha, Neb. that manufactures radiopharmaceuticals, giving local physicians new tools that aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The new manufacturing facility, known as a cyclotron, will produce fluorine-18 (F-18), a raw material needed to create imaging agents that, when injected into patients, are visible during a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan. This technique uses low levels of radiation to enable physicians to diagnose and treat certain forms of cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases, as well as other serious medical conditions, at an earlier stage of onset. The new facility has created 30 highly skilled jobs across the areas of nuclear pharmacy, health physics and radiopharmaceutical manufacturing.

It is challenging to efficiently distribute FDG over great distances because it is only effective within hours of its production. By locating cyclotrons near its nuclear pharmacy sites, Cardinal Health can quickly distribute FDG to a greater number of hospitals, clinics and research facilities using its comprehensive fleet and logistics capabilities. The new cyclotron is adjacent to Cardinal Health's existing nuclear pharmacy in Omaha, giving local patients greater access to the potentially life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic agents it produces.

"Cardinal Health's new radiopharmaceutical manufacturing facility provides Omaha patients and physicians with immediate access to some of the health care industry's most cutting-edge imaging agents," said Jordan Hankins, MD, medical director of nuclear medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "T
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