1. Delivery of the Best Products and Services
Rio Grande Valley Isotopes is staffed by licensed nuclear pharmacists with advanced education, training and experience in the preparation, distribution, and pharmacology of radiopharmaceuticals. We are always available to answer your questions, research requested information, and immediately respond to any problems that may arise. Our products are prepared in a aseptic environment under a laminar air flow hood. Some radiopharmaceutical kits are capable of supporting bacterial growth, so adherence to strict aseptic procedures to assure sterility is very important. To satisfy JCAHO requirements and ACNP quality assurance standards, quality control test results on patient doses are supplied to your department daily. We can make available to your department the most progressive therapies and diagnostic tests in areas that we serve. For example, you now have Cell Labeling Capabilities and many of the forthcoming radiopharmaceuticals will be slightly more laboratory intensive and may require additional work to prepare and a more difficult Q.C. process.
Summary: Preparation and procurement of radiopharmaceuticals is our specialty.
2. Maximize Your Efficiency
Rio Grande Valley Isotopes services are designed to allow you to offer your patients the most complete line of the highest quality products available. Our services are designed to maximize your department's overall efficiency and thus, improve your patient satisfaction and profitability.
Dose preparation, labeling, q.c., disposal, and record keeping is performed at the radiopharmacy, so technologists are free to concentrate fully on performing studies and delivering quality patient care.
Invoicing is performed per your specifications thus simplifying your paperwork. Your drug cost per patient is fixed and remains constant even when your patient load changes, so administration may project or budget your costs and revenues much more accurately.
Summary: Our services are designed to provide your patients with the best care and to save you time and money.
3. We Offer Products from Multiple Sources
We offer the widest product line available, we are the exclusive distributor for seven radiopharmaceuticals that your department utilizes, additionally we are the preferred distributor for other products which translates to better pricing. No other radiopharmacy or manufacturer offers such a complete product line. Each manufacturer has products that are unique and a number of new companies with unique products will be entering the nuclear medicine marketplace in the near future. Rio Grande Valley Isotopes serves as a one-call source for all nuclear medicine products and for information about new, existing, and investigational products.
Summary: Utilize our buying advantages to benefit your department by saving money and gaining access to the resources that all manufacturers provide.
4. Dispense Patient Specific Prescriptions
Rio Grande Valley Isotopes's unit dose (single patient) pricing allows you to know exactly what the drug expense will be for each patient. Individual patient prescriptions are invoiced at the end of each month with a summary of your monthly activity. Each individual patient dose comes with a prescription copy that facilitates approval for third party reimbursement for the drug in addition to the procedure. In contrast to you buying the raw materials form a manufacturer and preparing the drugs yourself, the Radiopharmacy dispenses individual prescriptions ready for administration to your patients. Such prescriptions are guaranteed by a licensed pharmacy to meet all required federal and state standards for quality, purity, sterility, and labeling.
Summary: Simplified patient billing documentation to third parties
5. Retrieval of Radioactive Waste
Rio Grande Valley Isotopes retrieves all radioactive and biohazardous waste resulting from injections within your nuclear imaging department. This not only saves you the direct cost of paying someone to dispose of your radioactive and biohazardous waste, but also the more expensive indirect costs associated with staying abreast of OSHA, DOT, and NRC regulations, or hiring a consultant to do so: or storing your waste on site and paying a technologist to oversee and of assuming your waste disposal program the full liability of storing and handling radioactive and biohazardous waste.
Summary: Radioactive and biohazardous waste disposal responsibilities are minimized at your department.
6. Supports Local Economy and Community
Because Rio Grande Valley Isotopes is a locally owned and operated independent pharmacy, the money you spend stays in your area. When you buy direct from the radiopharmaceutical manufacturers your dollars leave your area forever: but money spent with Rio Grande Valley Isotopes is recycled back into our community and back into you patient's pockets over and over again. Rio Grande Valley Isotopes creates jobs for our area, pays local taxes, supports other local businesses, and sponsors educational seminars and social functions for the benefit of our community.
Summary: Rio Grande Valley Isotopes has vested interest in our community.
7. Compatible Computer Software System
Your nuclear medicine software system (BioDose) is fully compatible with our Pharmacy software system. This allows you to barcode all incoming products, thereby eliminating any manual entries into the computer system. Through this process, mistakes and mis-entries area minimized and less time will be spent on data entry. Because of our on staff programmers and custom software, we are readily available for training and or trouble shooting with any computer need.
Summary: Decrease your time and mistakes on data entry.
8. Value Added Services
- Continuing Education Slide and Cideo Program: Library of over 220 programs available on a loan bases.(CEU credits available for approved programs). This library is maintained and periodically updated and expanded.
- Patient Information Brochures: This includes. Guidelines for patients receiving radioiodine. Patients guide to Nuclear Medicine
Professional Service Department: Provides technical and educational assistance.
- Waste Disposal: Provides a mechanism for the pickup, decay and disposal of radioactive waste(only product provided by Rio Grande Valley Isotopes)
- Return Transportation Documentation: Documentation to comply with department of transportation regulations.
- Blood Handling Control System: First comprehensive blood handling control system for diagnostic imaging procedures requiring the radio labeling for patients blood samples.
- Reimbursement Hot-Line: Consultant to answer customer specific question concerning healt care reimbursement. Most question can be answered within seventy two hours.
Summary: Additional savings/benefits for your department.
Rio Grande Valley Isotopes is a licensed Radiopharmacy which is authorized to distribute radiopharamaceuticals to authorized recipients in the states of Texas.
Summary: We adhear to all compliance issues that arrise.