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TECHNESCAN® HDP Kit for the Preparation of Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate

TECHNESCAN HDP - technetium tc 99m oxidronate   injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution 
Mallinckrodt Inc.


Kit for the Preparation of Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate

Rx Only
Diagnostic – For Intravenous Use


TechneScan® HDP is supplied as a lyophilized powder, packaged under nitrogen in vials for intravenous administration after reconstitution with ADDITIVE-FREE sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m. Each vial contains 3.15 mg oxidronate sodium and 0.258 mg, minimum, stannous chloride (SnCl2•2H2O), 0.297 mg, theoretical, stannous chloride (SnCl2•2H2O) with 0.343 mg, maximum, tin chloride [stannous and stannic] dihydrate as SnCl2•2H2O as active ingredients. In addition, each vial contains 0.84 mg gentisic acid as a stabilizer and 30.0 mg sodium chloride. The pH is adjusted with hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide. The pH of the reconstituted drug is between 4.0 and 5.5. The contents of the vial are sterile and non-pyrogenic.

The chemical structure of oxidronate sodium is:

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This radiopharmaceutical diagnostic agent, when reconstituted with ADDITIVE-FREE sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m forms a complex of unknown structure.


Technetium Tc 99m decays by isomeric transition with a physical half-life of 6.02 hours.1 The principal photon that is useful for detection and imaging is listed in Table 1.

Table 1. Principal Radiation Emission Data1
Radiation Mean Percent/
Gamma-2 89.07 140.5

1 Kocher, David C., "Radioactive Decay Data Tables," DOE/TIC-11026, 108,(1981).


The specific gamma ray constant for technetium Tc 99m is 0.78 R/mCi-hr at 1 cm. The first half- value thickness of lead (Pb) for Technetium Tc 99m is 0.017 cm. A range of values for the relative attenuation of the radiation emitted by this radionuclide that results from interposition of various thicknesses of Pb is shown in Table 2. For example, the use of 0.25 cm of Pb will decrease the external radiation exposure by a factor of about 1000.

Table 2. Radiation Attenuation by Lead Shielding
Shield Thickness
(Pb) cm
Coefficient of Attenuation
0.017 0.5
0.08 10-1
0.16 10-2
0.25 10-3
0.33 10-4

To correct for physical decay of this radionuclide, the fractions that remain at selected time intervals after the time of calibration are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Physical Decay Chart: Technetium Tc 99m Half-life 6.02 Hours

* Calibration Time

Hours Fraction
Hours Fraction
0* 1.000 7 0.447
1 0.891 8 0.398
2 0.794 9 0.355
3 0.708 10 0.316
4 0.631 11 0.282
5 0.562 12 0.251
6 0.501


During the 24 hours following injection, Technetium Tc 99m-labeled TechneScan HDP is rapidly cleared from blood and other non-osseous tissues and accumulates in the skeleton and urine in humans. Blood levels are about 10% of the injected dose at one hour post-injection and continue to fall to about 6%, 4% and 3% at 2, 3 and 4 hours, respectively. When measured at 24 hours following its administration, skeletal retention is approximately 50% of the injected dose. TechneScan HDP exhibits its greatest affinity for areas of altered osteogenesis and actively metabolizing bone.


TechneScan HDP Tc 99m is a diagnostic skeletal imaging agent used to demonstrate areas of altered osteogenesis in adult and pediatric patients.


None known.


This class of compounds is known to complex cations such as calcium. Particular caution should be used with patients who have, or who may be predisposed to hypocalcemia (i.e., alkalosis).



The components of the kit are sterile and non-pyrogenic. It is essential that the user follow the directions carefully and adhere to strict aseptic procedures during preparation. Sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m solutions which contain an oxidizing agent or saline solutions containing preservatives are not suitable for use in the preparation of TechneScan HDP Tc 99m.

Contents of the vial are intended only for use in the preparation of Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate and are NOT to be administered directly to the patient. Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate should be formulated within eight (8) hours prior to clinical use. Optimal imaging results are obtained one to four hours after administration. Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate as well as other radioactive drugs, must be handled with care, and appropriate safety measures should be used to minimize radiation exposure to patients consistent with proper patient management and to insure minimum radiation exposure to occupational workers. Radiopharmaceuticals should be used only by physicians who are qualified by specific training in the safe use and handling of radionuclides and whose experience and training have been approved by the appropriate government agency authorized to license the use of radionuclides. To minimize radiation dose to the bladder, the patients should be encouraged to drink fluids and to void immediately before the examination and as often thereafter as possible for the next four to six hours.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

No long-term animal studies have been performed to evaluate carcinogenic or mutagenic potential or whether Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate affects fertility in males and females.

Pregnancy Category C

Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate. It is also not known whether Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed. Ideally, examinations using radiopharmaceuticals, especially those elective in nature, of a woman of childbearing capability should be performed during the first few (approximately 10) days following the onset of menses.

Nursing Mothers

Technetium Tc 99m is excreted in human milk during lactation, therefore formula feedings should be substituted for breast feedings.


Some hypersensitivity reactions, as well as nausea and vomiting, have been infrequently associated with Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate.


General Instructions

The recommended adult dose of Technetium Tc 99m-labeled TechneScan HDP is 555 MBq (15 mCi) with a range of 370 to 740 MBq (10 to 20 mCi). The recommended pediatric dose is 7.4 MBq (0.20 mCi)/kg with a range of 7.4 to 13 MBq (0.20 to 0.35 mCi)/kg. The recommended minimum total pediatric dose is 37 MBq (1.0 mCi). The maximum total dose injected into a pediatric or adult patient is 740 MBq (20.0 mCi). The maximum dose of oxidronate sodium should not exceed 2 mg.

Unit dose preparation instructions should be followed for pediatric patients. The radioactivity of each dose should be measured by a suitable radiation calibration system just prior to administration. The dose should be given intravenously by slow injection. For optimal results imaging should be performed 1 to 4 hours post-injection.


The estimated absorbed radiation doses from an intravenous injection of Technetium Tc 99m-labeled TechneScan HDP are shown in Table 4.

Table 4. Estimated Absorbed Radiation Doses*

* Based on data in MIRD Dose Estimate Report No. 14. Bladder initially voided at 2.0 hours and then every 4.8 hours thereafter.

** See Dosage and Administration section.

Ages Newborn 1 Year Old 5 Year Old 10 Year Old 15 Year Old Adult
Weight (kg) 3.5 12.1 20.3 33.5 55.0 70.0
Maximum Recommended
Dose 2
45.5 MBq
157.3 MBq (4.2 mCi) 263.9 MBq (7.1 mCi) 435.5 MBq
(11.7 mCi)
715.0 MBq
(19.3 mCi)
740.0 MBq
(20.0 mCi)
Tissue Estimated Absorbed Radiation Doses
mGy rads mGy rads mGy rads mGy rads mGy rads mGy rads
Kidneys 3.0 0.30 4.2 0.42 4.0 0.40 4.4 0.44 5.2 0.52 4.4 0.44
Ovaries 1.5 0.15 2.5 0.25 2.4 0.24 2.6 0.26 3.0 0.30 2.4 0.24
Red Marrow 10.9 1.09 12.9 1.29 10.6 1.06 10.0 1.00 10.0 1.00 9.6 0.96
Bone Surfaces 104.6 10.46 113.3 11.33 79.2 7.92 78.4 7.84 78.7 7.87 64.4 6.44
Testes 1.2 0.12 2.0 0.20 1.8 0.18 1.9 0.19 2.1 0.21 1.6 0.16
Bladder Wall 11.4 1.14 17.3 1.73 15.6 1.56 17.4 1.74 19.3 1.93 15.5 1.55
Total Body 1.8 0.18 2.7 0.27 2.6 0.26 2.7 0.27 3.0 0.30 2.5 0.25


All procedures should be conducted using waterproof gloves. Use shielded syringe during transport and administration of Tc 99m solutions.

  1. Remove plastic disc from TechneScan HDP vial and cleanse top by swabbing with alcohol. Note: If dose is for a single adult patient or for a pediatric patient, see unit dose preparation method below.
  2. Place vial in lead vial shield. Add 3 to 6 mL of sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m solution and secure with a fitted lead cover. In choosing the amount of Tc99m radioactivity to be used, the number of doses desired, the activity of each dose [recommended adult dose is 555 MBq (15 mCi) with a range of 370 to 740 MBq (10 to 20 mCi)] and radioactive decay must be taken into account. The recommended maximum amount of Tc 99m radioactivity to be added to the vial is 11.1 gigabecquerels (300 mCi). Note: The contents of the vial are now radioactive. Maintain adequate shielding using the lead vial shield and fitted lead cover during the life of the radioactive preparation.
  3. Shake the vial gently, for approximately 30 seconds, to assure complete dissolution.
  4. Record the time, date of preparation and the activity of the Tc 99m labeled TechneScan HDP on the radioassay information label and affix to the vial.
  5. Use within eight (8) hours of preparation. Refrigeration of the radiolabeled complex is not necessary. Discard unused material in accordance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission or Agreement State regulations pertaining to the disposal of radioactive wastes.


Preparing a dose for a single adult patient or for a pediatric patient

To minimize volume injected and to insure optimum solution concentration, reconstitute the vial contents in 3 to 6 mL of sterile, non-pyrogenic normal saline containing no preservatives. Shake the vial gently for approximately 30 seconds to assure complete dissolution, withdraw and discard all but approximately 1 mL of the solution. Add appropriate amount of sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m for a single adult dose or for one or more pediatric doses and shake gently. Proceed to steps 4 and 5. No more than 1480 MBq (40 mCi) should be added to the vial when preparing multiple pediatric doses. Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration whenever solution and container permit.


TechneScan HDP is supplied as a lyophilized powder packaged in vials. Each vial contains 3.15 mg oxidronate sodium and 0.258 mg, minimum, stannous chloride (SnCl2•2H2O), 0.297 mg, theoretical, stannous chloride (SnCl2•2H2O) with 0.343 mg, maximum, tin chloride [stannous and stannic] dihydrate as SnCl2•2H2O. In addition, each vial contains 0.84 mg gentisic acid as a stabilizer and 30.0 mg sodium chloride. Kits containing 5 vials (NDC 0019-9091-20) or 30 vials (NDC 0019-9091-40) are available. The drug can be stored at controlled room temperature 20-25oC (68-77oF) both prior to and following reconstitution with ADDITIVE-FREE sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m.

This reagent kit is approved for distribution to persons licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to use byproduct material identified in Section 35.200 or under an equivalent license of an Agreement State.

Revised 4/2005
Mallinckrodt Inc.
St. Louis, MO 63134



technetium tc 99m oxidronate injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:0019-9091
Route of Administration INTRAVENOUS DEA Schedule     
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
oxidronate sodium Inactive 3.5 MILLIGRAM  In 1 BOTTLE
stannous chloride Inactive 0.285 MILLIGRAM  In 1 BOTTLE
theoretical stannous chloride Inactive 0.297 MILLIGRAM  In 1 BOTTLE
tin chloride dihydrate Inactive 0.343 MILLIGRAM  In 1 BOTTLE
gentisic acid Inactive 0.84 MILLIGRAM  In 1 BOTTLE
sodium chloride Inactive 30.0 MILLIGRAM  In 1 BOTTLE
Product Characteristics
Color      Score     
Shape Size
Flavor Imprint Code
# Item Code Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 0019-9091-20 5 BOTTLE In 1 CELLO PACK contains a BOTTLE
1 1 BOTTLE In 1 BOTTLE This package is contained within the CELLO PACK (0019-9091-20)
2 0019-9091-40 30 BOTTLE In 1 CARTON contains a BOTTLE
2 1 BOTTLE In 1 BOTTLE This package is contained within the CARTON (0019-9091-40)

Revised: 04/2008 Mallinckrodt Inc.

Reproduced with permission of U.S. National Library of Medicine

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