OTTAWA—An international body of nuclear medicine slammed the Canadian government for failing to prevent a global shortage of medical isotopes by coming through on its promise to replace the aging reactor at Chalk River, Ont.
“Canada assured us there would be a long-term solution and Canada needs to deliver on those assurances,” Dr. Robert Atcher, past-president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, told reporters at an annual general meeting of the organization in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday.
Atcher said the United States halted its plans for domestic production of medical isotopes because the Canadian government promised the Maple 1 and Maple 2 reactors would fulfill the need for the radioactive particles.
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