Packaging and storage
Store in single-dose or multiple-dose containers.
Label it to include the following, in addition to the information specified for Labeling
under Injections 1
: the time and date of calibration; the amount of 99m
Tc as sulfur colloid expressed as total megabecquerels (microcuries or millicuries) and concentration as megabecquerels (microcuries or millicuries) per mL at the time of calibration; the expiration date; and the statement CautionRadioactive Material. The labeling indicates that in making dosage calculations, correction is to be made for radioactive decay, and also indicates that the radioactive half-life of 99m
Tc is 6.0 hours; in addition, the labeling states that it is not to be used if flocculent material is visible and directs that the container be agitated before the Injection is withdrawn into a syringe.
Radionuclide identification (see Radioactivity 821)
It meets the requirements of the test for Radionuclide identification
under Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m Injection.
Bacterial endotoxins 85
The limit of endotoxin content is not more than 175/V
USP Endotoxin Unit per mL of the Injection, when compared with the USP Endotoxin RS, in which V
is the maximum recommended total dose, in mL, at the expiration date or time.
It meets the requirements of the test for Radionuclidic purity under Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m Injection.
Place a measured volume of Injection, appropriately diluted, such that it provides a count rate of about 20,000 counts per minute, about 25 mm from one end of a 25- × 300-mm strip of chromatographic paper (see Chromatography 621
), and allow to dry. Develop the chromatogram over a suitable period by ascending chromatography, using dilute methanol (8.5 in 10), and air-dry. Determine the radioactivity distribution by scanning the chromatogram with a suitable collimated radiation detector. Not less than 92% of the total radioactivity is found as sulfur colloid (at the point of application).
Inject intravenously between 0.075 MBq and 0.75 MBq (2 µCi and 20 µCi) of the Injection in a volume not exceeding 0.2 mL into the caudal vein of each of three 20-g to 25-g mice. Ten to 30 minutes after the injection, sacrifice the animals, and carefully remove the liver and lungs of each by dissection. Place each organ and remaining carcass in separate, suitable counting containers, and determine the radioactivity, in counts per minute, in each container in an appropriate scintillation well counter, using the same counting geometry. Determine the percentage of radioactivity in the liver and the lungs taken by the formula:
in which A
is the net radioactivity, in counts per minute, in the organ, and B
is the total radioactivity, in counts per minute, in the lungs, liver, and carcass. Not less than 80% of the radioactivity is found in the liver and not more than 5% of the radioactivity is found in the lungs, in two of the mice.
It meets the requirements under Injections 1
, except that the Injection may be distributed or dispensed prior to completion of the test for Sterility
, the latter test being started on the day of final manufacture, and except that it is not subject to the recommendation on Volume in Container.