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Generic name: technetium tc 99m medronate injection
Dosage form: injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution

For Diagnostic Use

MDP-Bracco Description

Each reaction vial contains a sterile, nonpyrogenic, nonradioactive lyophilized mixture of 20 mg medronic acid, 11 mg sodium hydroxide, 1 mg ascorbic acid, 0.13 mg (minimum) stannous fluoride, SnF2 and 0.38 mg total tin, maximum (as stannous fluoride, SnF2).

The pH is adjusted with sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid to 6.5 (6.3 to 6.7) prior to lyophilization. The vial does not contain a preservative. The contents of the vial are lyophilized and sealed under nitrogen at the time of manufacture.

The pH of the reconstituted product is 5.4 to 6.8.

The structure of medronic acid is given below:

The precise structure of technetium Tc 99m medronate is unknown at this time.

When sterile, pyrogen-free sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m injection is added to the vial, the diagnostic agent technetium Tc 99m medronate is formed for administration by intravenous injection.


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 studies is shown in Table 1.

Principal Radiation Emission Data
Radiation Mean % per
Mean Energy
Gamma-2 89.07 140.5
Kocher, David C: Radioactive Decay Data Tables, DOE/TlC-11026, 108, 1981

External Radiation

The specific gamma ray constant for Tc 99m is 0.78 R/ hour-millicurie at 1 cm. The first half-value layer is 0.017 cm lead (Pb). 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. To facilitate control of the radiation exposure from millicurie amounts of this radionuclide, the use of a 0.25 cm thickness of Pb will attenuate the radiation emitted by a factor of about 1,000.

Radiation Attenuation by Lead Shielding
Shield Thickness
(Pb) cm
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 technetium Tc 99m, the fractions that remain at selected intervals after the time of calibration are shown in Table 3.

Calibration Time
Physical Decay Chart: Tc 99m, half-life 6.02 hours
Hours Fraction
Hours Fraction
0* 100.0 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

MDP-Bracco - Clinical Pharmacology

During the initial 24 hours following intravenous injection of technetium Tc 99m medronate, about 50 percent of the dose is retained in the skeleton, and about 50 percent is excreted in the urine. A minimum amount of uptake has been observed in soft-tissue organs, most notably the kidneys.

Clearance of radioactivity from the blood is quite rapid, with about 10 percent of the injected dose remaining at one hour, and less than 5 and 2 percent at two and four hours, respectively. The rapid blood clearance (T ½: 38 to 75 minutes) provides bone to non-osseous tissue ratios favoring early imaging.

Following intravenous administration of technetium Tc 99m medronate, skeletal uptake occurs as a function of blood flow to bone and bone efficiency in extracting the complex. Bone mineral crystals are generally considered to be hydroxyapatite, and the complex appears to have an affinity for the hydroxyapatite crystals in bone.

Deposition of radioactivity in bone is rapid and appears to be related to osteogenic activity as well as the aforementioned skeletal blood perfusion. Skeletal uptake is bilaterally uniform, with larger concentrations in the axial structure and in the long bones. Increased accumulation of radioactivity may be seen, generally, in any bone disease state in which there is increased osteogenesis or a localized increase in osseous blood perfusion; consequently, bone imaging agents generally are not effective in detecting chronic bone diseases.

Indications and Usage for MDP-Bracco

Technetium Tc 99m medronate may be used as a bone imaging agent to delineate areas of altered osteogenesis.


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).

Preliminary reports indicate interference with brain scans using sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m injection which have been preceded by a bone scan using an agent containing stannous ions. This interference may result in false-positive or false-negative brain scans. It is recommended, where feasible, that brain scans precede bone imaging procedures.



The contents of the kit before preparation are not radioactive. However, after the sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m injection is added, adequate shielding of the final preparation must be maintained.

Contents of the reaction vial are intended only for use in the preparation of technetium Tc 99m medronate and are NOT to be administered directly to the patient.

Technetium Tc 99m medronate as well as other radioactive drugs, must be handled with care. Once sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m is added to the vial, appropriate safety measures should be used to minimize external radiation to clinical occupational personnel. Care should also be taken to minimize radiation exposure to patients in a manner consistent with proper patient management.

To minimize the radiation dose to the bladder, the patient 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.

Technetium Tc 99m medronate should be formulated within six (6) hours prior to clinical use. Optimal imaging results are obtained one to four hours after administration. Technetium Tc 99m medronate injection should be discarded six hours after reconstitution. The solution should not be used if cloudy.

The components of the kit are sterile and pyrogen-free. It is essential to follow directions carefully and to adhere to strict aseptic procedures during preparation.

The technetium Tc 99m labeling reactions involved in preparing the agent depend on maintaining the stannous ion in the reduced state. Any oxidant present in the sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m supply may, thus, adversely affect the quality of the radiopharmaceutical. Hence, sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m containing oxidants should not be employed.

Radiopharmaceuticals should be used only by physicians who are qualified by training and experience in the safe use and handling of radionuclides.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

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


Pregnancy Category C

Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with technetium Tc 99m medronate. It is also not known whether technetium Tc 99m medronate can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproductive capacity. Technetium Tc 99m medronate should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Nursing Mothers

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

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.

Adverse Reactions

Several adverse reactions due to MDP-Bracco have been reported. These were usually hypersensitivity reactions characterized by itching, various skin rashes, hypotension, chills, nausea and vomiting. There have also been rare cases of dizziness and asthenia associated with the use of technetium Tc 99m medronate.

MDP-Bracco Dosage and Administration

After preparation with oxidant-free sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m injection the suggested dose range of technetium Tc 99m medronate injection in the average patient (70 kg) is 370 to 740 megabecquerels (10 to 20 millicuries) given intravenously. Imaging post injection is optimal at 1 to 4 hours.

The patient dose should be measured by a suitable radioactivity calibration system immediately prior to administration.

Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration whenever solution and container permit. Shielding should be utilized when preparing the technetium Tc 99m medronate injection.

Radiation Dosimetry

The effective half-life was assumed to be the physical half-life for all calculated values. The estimated radiation absorbed doses to an average patient (70 kg) from an intravenous injection of a maximum dose of 740 megabecquerels (20 millicuries) of technetium Tc 99m medronate are shown in Table 4.

Absorbed Radiation Dose
Organ mGy/740 MBq rads/20 mCi
Total Body 1.3 0.13
Bone Total 7.0 0.70
Red Marrow 5.6 0.56
Kidneys 8.0 0.80
Liver 0.6 0.06
Bladder Wall 2-hr. void 26.0 2.60
4.8-hr. void 62.0 6.20
Ovaries 2-hr. void 2.4 0.24
4.8-hr. void 3.4 0.34
Testes 2-hr. void 1.6 0.16
4.8-hr. void 2.2 0.22

Method of Calculation: “S” Absorbed Dose per Unit Cumulated Activity for Selected Radionuclides and Organs, MlRD Pamphlet No. 11, 1975

How is MDP-Bracco Supplied

MDP-Bracco (Kit for the Preparation of technetium Tc 99m medronate) is supplied as kits of 10 reaction vials.

Each reaction vial contains a sterile, nonpyrogenic, nonradioactive lyophilized mixture of 20 mg medronic acid, 11 mg sodium hydroxide, 1 mg ascorbic acid, 0.13 mg (minimum) stannous fluoride, SnF2 and 0.38 mg total tin, maximum (as stannous fluoride, SnF2).

The pH is adjusted with sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid prior to lyophilization. The vial does not contain a preservative. The contents of the vial are lyophilized and sealed under nitrogen at the time of manufacture. The pH of the reconstituted product is 5.4 to 6.8.

Kit Contents
10 sterile reaction vials
20 pressure-sensitive labels for technetium Tc 99m medronate.
1 package insert


Store the product as supplied at 20-25°C (68-77°F) [See USP]. After reconstitution store refrigerated at 2-8°C (36-46°F) (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).


Procedural Precautions

The lyophilized powder in the reaction vial is sterile and nonpyrogenic and does not contain a preservative. Aseptic procedure and shielded syringes should be used when adding the pertechnetate eluate to the reaction vial and for withdrawal and administration of the dose of the finished medronate agent. Waterproof gloves should be worn to prevent the possibility of radioactive contamination of the hands.

If sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m must be diluted prior to injection into the reaction vial, only Sodium Chloride Injection USP 0.9% (without preservatives) should be used.


Preparation of technetium Tc 99m medronate is done by the following aseptic procedure:

  1. Waterproof gloves should be worn during the preparation procedure.
  2. Place reaction vial in an appropriate lead shield.
  3. Remove the central disc from the reaction vial and swab the rubber closure of the reaction vial with a germicide.
  4. With a sterile syringe, aseptically obtain 0.5 to 5 mL, [up to 18.5 gigabecquerels (500 millicuries)] of a suitable, oxidant-free, sterile nonpyrogenic sodium pertechnetate.
  5. Aseptically add the sodium pertechnetate Tc 99m solution to the vial.
  6. Secure the lead shield cover. Swirl the vial for one minute and let stand for one to two minutes.
  7. Record the date and time of preparation on pressure-sensitive label.
  8. Affix pressure-sensitive label to shield.
  9. Examine vial contents. If the solution is not clear and free of particulate matter and discoloration on visual inspection, it should not be used.
  10. Measure the radioactivity using a suitable calibration system and record on the shield label prior to patient administration.
  11. Aseptically withdraw material for use within six (6) hours of preparation. For optimum results, this time should be minimized.The vial contains no bacteriostatic preservative.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved this reagent kit for distribution to persons licensed to use byproduct material identified in §35.200 of 10 CFR Part 35, to persons who hold an equivalent license issued by an Agreement State, and, outside the United States, to persons authorized by the appropriate authority.

Manufactured for
Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
Princeton, NJ 08543
Hollister-Stier Laboratories LLC
Spokane, WA 99207

Revised May 2007


MDP 99m Label
NDC: 0270-3876-80

MDP 99m Vial Label
NDC: 0270-3876-80

technetium tc 99m medronate injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0270-3876
Route of Administration INTRAVENOUS DEA Schedule
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
sodium hydroxide 11 mg
ascorbic acid 1 mg
stannous fluoride 0.13 mg
# Item Code Package Description
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
NDA NDA018107 02/17/1981 05/31/2015
Labeler - Bracco Diagnostics Inc. (849234661)
Registrant - Bracco Diagnostics Inc. (849234661)
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
Jubilant HollisterStier LLC 069263643 ANALYSIS(0270-3876), MANUFACTURE(0270-3876)
Bracco Diagnostics Inc.