Total Tc-99m generators available in Australia
ANSTO is keeping our customers up to date with regular and direct communication about Tc-99m generator delivery as details are confirmed.
We acknowledge and thank the Nuclear Medicine Working Group, comprised of key representatives from RAINS, ANZSNM, AANMS, NSW Health and GMS, who have worked tirelessly with us to ensure that the reduced supply of generators gets to those patients and areas who need it most, and for keeping the nuclear medicine community informed.
To assist the broader Australian community with their understanding and awareness, we are making available summaries of the high level Tc-99m generator distribution schedule. These will be regularly updated.
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Download the generator distribution schedule by state
- 12 December 2018 - Customer notice
- 5 December 2018 - Customer notice
- 29 November 2018 - Customer notice
- 22 November 2018 - Customer notice
- 15 November 2018 - Customer notice
- 8 November 2018 - Customer notice
- 1 November 2018 - Customer notice
- 26th October, 2018 - Customer notice
- 18th October, 2018 - Customer notice
- 11th October, 2018 - Customer notice
- 3rd October, 2018 - Customer notice
- 26th September, 2018 - Customer notice
- 19th September, 2018 - Customer notice
- 14th September, 2018 - Customer notice
- 30th August, 2018 - Customer notice
- 3rd August, 2018 - Customer notice
- 4th July, 2018 - Customer notice
- 2nd July, 2018 - Customer notice
- 25th June, 2018 - Customer notice
Nuclear medicine production is one of the most complex and regulated manufacturing processes in the country. ANSTO has reliably supplied Australian made Tc-99m generators to hospitals and clinics across Australia for decades. This same production facility has been ensuring our local supply in that time. The last significant supply shortage was in 2010.
Over the past few months, ANSTO has been importing Tc-99m generators from the US since a mechanical issue with a conveyer belt was identified on 22 June 2018. The conveyor belt is now repaired and ANSTO has managed to also make a number of maintenance and safety improvements, to increase reliability and reduce the chance of a future issue in parallel to the repairs.
The improvements have taken longer to complete than expected, and in the meantime we have continued to use imported generators to supplement local supply. This however has introduced a greater level of complexity into our supply chain. The provision of US-supplied generators is ongoing, although not without disruptions, while we ramp up our processing and distribution facility.
ANSTO apologises for the impact this situation has had, and it is a priority for our organisation to resume full local production as soon as possible.