Necsa’s medical isotopes unit NTP denies sale to US firm

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State-owned NTP Radioisotopes, a subsidiary of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa), has denied reports that the medical isotope producer is to be sold to US radiopharmaceutical company Lantheus Medical Imaging (LMI). Responding to media reports about a pending sale, NTP board chairperson Dr Namane Magau said this week that LMI was one of NTP’s largest clients and that it enjoyed a close working relationship with the US firm. She explained that LMI, and other pharmaceutical companies, had expressed their concern during the South African firm’s extended shutdown, but stressed that their support should not be “wilfully misinterpreted to mean anything else”.

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