OTTAWA -- The U.S. distributors??? of medical isotopes produced at an Ontario reactor cut supplies to all of their customers - including those in Canada - after the unit was shut down for an extended period last week.
Canadian nuclear medicine experts and their patients had to reschedule appointments and turn to less effective procedures even though, in the face of the shutdown, the Chalk River reactor produced more than six times the amount of molybdenum isotope needed to meet the Canadian demand.
So the US distributors of medical isotopes made in Canada are denied Canadians?
"While the reactor at Chalk River produces isotopes, it is private-sector processors and distributors that ultimately direct the flow of isotopes to the global medical community."
wait , it gets better......
The Chalk River unit is owned by the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., a Crown corporation. It was built in the 1950s and, despite its age, is responsible for much of the world's supply of isotopes used to diagnose and treat of a range of diseases from heart ailments to cancer.
Ok, so lets get this straight, the isotopes produced in Canada, by a Crown Corporation (tax payers built and owned) are then distributed by an American company , which denies Canadians the amount needed for medical treatment ????
Anyone see a problem with this picture?