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CardioGen-82 to Return to Market with Boxed Warning

CardioGen-82 to Return to Market with Boxed Warning

PET imaging agent CardioGen-82 is returning to the U.S. market after last year’s voluntary recall with a revised label warning of unintended radiation exposure risk.

The U.S. Federal and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved revised labeling for Bracco Diagnostic’s CardioGen-82, a generator used at clinical sites to produce rubidium (Rb)-82 chloride injection for use in cardiac PET scans. The labeling includes a boxed warning and enhanced testing information aimed at minimizing risk for increased strontium radiation exposure.

Bracco Diagnostics Inc. voluntarily recalled the generator in July 2011 after the FDA received reports of two patients receiving more radiation than expected due to a “strontium breakthrough” problem.

Last month, the FDA determined that the high patient exposure was likely the result of user error.
The revised labeling establishes new “alert limits” for strontium-82 (Sr-82) and strontium-85 (Sr-85) levels in the generator eluate. If the eluate reaches the alert limits, additional Sr-82 and Sr-85 eluate testing must be done, whereas before testing was limited to once a day.

The FDA reminds clinical sites to review and update the instructions for their dose calibrators to ensure proper isotope readings are performed in the eluate testing procedures.

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