November 6, 2018
A significant shortage of Mo-99 is expected for the first half of November.
The NTP facility in South Africa, which has experienced problems since late last year, has not yet been able to return to service. The NTP shutdown coincides with a planned 11-day shutdown of the OPAL reactor in Australia that began October 29 (with production resuming November 9).
The HFR reactor returned to service on October 31 after an unexpected shutdown; however, production in the European Mo-99 processing facilities is resuming gradually, and it is expected that European generator production will not return to normal until the week of November 12.
With significant shortages anticipated, it is essential that users contact their generator/nuclear pharmacy providers for advice about their local situation.
The Association of Imaging Producers & Equipment Suppliers (AIPES) Emergency Response Team is closely following the situation. The group issued an update on November 6, and SNMMI will post updates as they become available.
MEMBERS: If your institution is experiencing a generator shortage, please consider posting this information on SNMMI Connect so SNMMI leadership can use this information in future discussions with the U.S. Department of Energy about expanding domestic production of Mo-99.