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|Chemical and physical data|
|Molar mass||273.316 g/mol|
|3D model (JSmol)|
Mechanism of action
Manufacturing and distribution
Flutemetamol (18F) can be produced within five to six hours. It then undergoes a quality check and is ready to be distributed immediately after. The product must be used within a certain time frame for maximum efficacy. Because of the limited time window, flutemetamol is not produced until an order has been placed.
Flutemetamol is typically administered intravenously in 1 to 10 mL doses. Average costs for PET scans without insurance coverage are around $3,000. Currently Medicare does not cover use of amyloid imaging agents except for in clinical trials. Because of this, there is a low market for flutemetamol.
Two clinical trials were conducted for flutemetamol (18F). The first compared PET scans of terminally ill patients with flutemetamol to post mortem standard-of-truth assessments of cerebral cortical neuritic plaque density. The second trial assessed intra-reader reproducibility of PET scans using flutemetamol.
Clinical trial 1
Of the 176 patients imaged in this trial had a median age was 82, with 57 of patients being female. The initial flutemetamol PET scan resulted in 43 positive and 25 negative results for cerebral cortisol amyloid status. 69 of the initial patients died within 13 months of the flutemetamol PET scan. The autopsy for 67 of those patients determined the global brain neuritic plaque density category. Of those 67 patients 41 were positive and 26 were negative. These results correlate with the pre-mortem scan.
Clinical trial 2
The second clinical trail included 276 subjects with a median age of 72. The trial measured the effectiveness of an electronic training program for flutemetamol image interpretation using PET scans from trial 1 among other subjects with a variety of cognitive impairment. Final results met the pre-specified success rate with a Fleiss' kappa statistic of 0.83.
Society and culture
GE Healthcare's largest marketing aspect for flutemetamol is that it is the only FDA approved amyloid imaging agent for color image interpretation. 
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