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Capitol Health Call
October 14, 2009

Medical Isotopes

JAMA. 2009;302(14):1522. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1458

Experts testified at a September 9 hearing before the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment on proposed legislation that is intended to promote production of molybdenum 99 (99Mo) in the United States for medical uses. 99Mo decays to form technetium 99m, the isotope used in about 14 million US nuclear medicine procedures each year.

The American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2009 (HR 3276 [http://thomas.loc.gov]) would also amend the Atomic Energy Act to prohibit exportation of highly enriched uranium for medical isotope production 7 to 10 years after the date of enactment.

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