Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 3/1/2023

Drug Summary

What Is AdreView?

AdreView (iobenguane I 123) Injection is a diagnostic radiopharmaceutical used to detect certain kinds of cancer of the adrenal glands.

What Are Side Effects of AdreView?

AdreView may cause serious side effects including:

  • hives,
  • difficulty breathing, and
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

Common side effects of AdreView include:

  • dizziness
  • mild skin rash or itching
  • bleeding around your IV needle, or
  • flushing (warmth, tingling, or cold feeling) where the medicine was injected

Seek medical care or call 911 at once if you have the following serious side effects:

  • Serious eye symptoms such as sudden vision loss, blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;
  • Serious heart symptoms such as fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeats; fluttering in your chest; shortness of breath; and sudden dizziness, lightheadedness, or passing out;
  • Severe headache, confusion, slurred speech, arm or leg weakness, trouble walking, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, very stiff muscles, high fever, profuse sweating, or tremors.

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

Dosage for AdreView

For adults ( ≥ 16 years of age), the recommended dose of AdreView is 10 mCi (370 MBq). For pediatric patients < 16 years of age weighing ≥ 70 kg, the recommended dose of AdreView is 10 mCi (370 MBq).

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with AdreView?

AdreView may interact with atomoxetine, labetalol, maprotiline, reserpine, decongestant cold medicines, diet pills, other stimulants, antidepressants, or street drugs, especially cocaine. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

AdreView During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

It is unknown if AdreView will harm a fetus. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before you are treated with this drug. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not breastfeed within 6 days after receiving AdreView. If you use a breast pump during this time, throw out any milk you collect. Do not feed it to your baby.

Additional Information

Our AdreView (iobenguane I 123) Injection Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

Drug Description


AdreView (iobenguane I 123 Injection) is a sterile, pyrogen-free radiopharmaceutical for intravenous injection. Each mL contains 0.08 mg iobenguane sulfate, 74 MBq (2 mCi) of I 123 (as iobenguane sulfate I 123) at calibration date and time on the label, 23 mg sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, 2.8 mg disodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate and 10.3 mg (1% v/v) benzyl alcohol with a pH of 5.0 – 6.5. Iobenguane sulfate I 123 is also known as I 123 meta-iodobenzlyguanidine sulfate and has the following structural formula:

  (iobenguane I 123) Structural Formula Illustration

Physical Characteristics

Iodine 123 is a cyclotron-produced radionuclide that decays to Te 123 by electron capture and has a physical half-life of 13.2 hours.

Table 3: Principal Radiation Emission Data – Iodine 123

Radiation Energy Level (keV) Abundance (%)
Gamma 159 83

External Radiation

The specific gamma ray constant for iodine 123 is 1.6 R/mCi-hr at 1 cm. The first half value thickness of lead (Pb) for I 123 is 0.04 cm. The relative transmission of radiation emitted by the radionuclide that results from interposition of various thicknesses of Pb is shown in Table 4 (e.g., the use of 2.16 cm Pb will decrease the external radiation exposure by a factor of about 1,000).

Table 4: Reduction in In-air Collision Kerma Caused by Lead Shielding*

Shield Thickness cm of lead (Pb) Reduction in In-air Collision Kerma
0.04 0.5
0.13 10-1
0.77 10-2
2.16 10-3
3.67 10-4
*Calculation based on attenuation and energy-transfer coefficients obtained from National Institute of Standards & Technology Report NISTIR 5632



Pheochromocytoma And Neuroblastoma

AdreView is a radiopharmaceutical indicated for use in the detection of primary or metastatic pheochromocytoma or neuroblastoma as an adjunct to other diagnostic tests.

Congestive Heart Failure

AdreView is indicated for scintigraphic assessment of sympathetic innervation of the myocardium by measurement of the heart to mediastinum (H/M) ratio of radioactivity uptake in patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II or class III heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤ 35%. Among these patients, AdreView may be used to help identify patients with lower one and two year mortality risks, as indicated by an H/M ratio ≥ 1.6.

Limitations Of Use

In patients with congestive heart failure, AdreView utility has not been established for

  • selecting a therapeutic intervention or for monitoring the response to therapy;
  • using the H/M ratio to identify a patient with a high risk for death.


Radiation Safety

AdreView emits radiation and must be handled with appropriate safety measures to minimize radiation exposure to clinical personnel and patients. Radiopharmaceuticals should be used by or under the control of physicians who are qualified by specific training and experience in the safe use and handling of radionuclides, and whose experience and training have been approved by the appropriate government agency authorized to license the use of radionuclides. AdreView dosing is based upon the radioactivity determined using a suitable calibration system immediately prior to administration.

To minimize radiation dose to the bladder, prior to and following AdreView administration, encourage hydration to permit frequent voiding. Encourage the patient to void frequently for the first 48 hours following AdreView administration [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Thyroid Blockade

Before administration of AdreView to patients at risk for thyroid accumulation of the drug, administer Potassium Iodide Oral Solution or Lugol’s Solution (equivalent to 100 mg iodide for adults, body-weight adjusted for children) or potassium perchlorate (400 mg for adults, body-weight adjusted for children) to block uptake of iodine 123 by the patient’s thyroid. Administer the blocking agent at least one hour before the dose of AdreView [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Individualize thyroid blockade; for example, the blockade may not be necessary for patients who have undergone thyroidectomy or those with a very limited life expectancy.

Preparation And Administration

  • Assess pregnancy status before administering AdreView to a female of reproductive potential.
  • Inspect the AdreView vial for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration. Use aseptic procedures and a radiation shielding syringe during administration. Administer the dose as an intravenous injection over 1 to 2 minutes. A subsequent injection of 0.9% sodium chloride may be used to ensure full delivery of the dose.

Recommended Dose For Adults

For adults (≥ 16 years of age), the recommended dose is 10 mCi (370 MBq) [see Clinical Studies].

Recommended Dose For Pediatric Patients

For pediatric patients < 16 years of age weighing ≥ 70 kg, the recommended dose is 10 mCi (370 MBq) [see Clinical Studies].

For pediatric patients < 16 years of age weighing < 70 kg, the recommended dose should be calculated according to patient body weight as shown in Table 1 [see Clinical Studies]. The benzyl alcohol in AdreView may cause serious adverse reactions in premature or low birth-weight infants [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and Use In Specific Populations].

Table 1. AdreView Dose Preparation for Pediatric Patients*

Weight (kg)Fraction of adult activityAdreView (mCi) pediatric doseAdreView (MBq) pediatric dose


*Based on a reference activity for an adult scaled to body weight according to the schedule proposed by the European Association of Nuclear Medicine Paediatric Task Group.

Radiation Dosimetry

The estimated absorbed radiation doses to adults and children from intravenous administration of AdreView are as shown in Table 2:

Table 2. Estimated Absorbed Radiation Dose from AdreView

µGy/ MBqrad/mCiiµGy/ MBqrad/mCiµGy/ MBqrad/mCiµGy/ MBqrad/mCiµGy/ MBqrad/mCiµGy/ MBqrad/mCi
GI TractStomach Wall7.60.028100.037170.063270.100510.1891140.422
Small Intestine Wall7.70.0289.80.036160.059250.093460.1701040.385
Colon Wall8.10.030100.037160.059260.096460.170104.30.386
Upper Large Intestine Wall8.40.031110.041180.067300.111530.1961190.440
Lower Large Intestine Wall7.70.0289.60.036150.056210.078380.14184.90.314
Heart Wall180.067230.085350.130530.196940.3481820.673




Osteogenic Cells160.059210.078310.11547.0174100.03702540.940
Red marrow5.60.0216.80.025100.037150.056300.11189.50.331
Urinary Bladder Wall660.244840.3111100.4071100.4072000.740478.01.769
Whole Body8.10.030100.037160.059240.089440.163104.00.385
EFFECTIVE DOSEµSv/MBq13.718.126.737.668162
*OLINDA/EXM calculation based on biodistribution data from Swanson et al. and Publication 53 of the ICRP (International Commission on Radiological Protection) [Annals of the ICRP 1987; 18 (1-4): 329-331]

The effective dose resulting from an administered activity amount of 10 mCi is 5.07 mSv in an adult.

Imaging Guidelines

Pheochromocytoma And Neuroblastoma

Begin whole body planar scintigraphy imaging 24 ± 6 hours following administration of AdreView. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) may be performed following planar scintigraphy, as appropriate [see Clinical Studies].

Congestive Heart Failure

Begin anterior planar imaging of the chest at 4 hours (± 10 minutes) following administration of AdreView. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) can then be performed. The recommended collimator for all imaging is a low-energy high-resolution. The recommended matrix for planar images is 128x128. The camera should be positioned to include the entire heart and as much of the upper chest as possible within the field of view [see Clinical Studies].

Estimation Of The H/M Ratio Among Patients With Congestive Heart Failure

Initial evaluation of cardiac AdreView images involves visual examination of the location, pattern and intensity of cardiac radioactivity uptake to guide quantitative assessment (see Step 1 below). Perform quantitative assessment of radioactivity uptake in terms of the heart/mediastinum ratio (H/M) on anterior planar images of the chest (see Step 2 below).

Step 1. Visual Guidelines For AdreView Cardiac Uptake On Anterior Planar Chest Images

a. Normal

Distinct visualization of the left ventricular myocardium in the left lower chest, with greater uptake in the heart than in the adjacent lungs and mediastinum (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Normal anterior planar AdreView image of the chest

Normal anterior planar AdreView image of the chest - Illustration

b. Abnormal

Homogeneneously or heterogeneously decreased cardiac uptake, with indistinct or absent visualization of the left ventricular myocardium. Cardiac activity is usually less than or equal to that of the adjacent left lung (Figure 2a). In extreme cases, little or no AdreView uptake is seen in the left lower chest (Figure 2b).

Figure 2. Abnormal anterior planar AdreView images of the chest: a) Heterogeneously reduced cardiac uptake; b) Absent cardiac uptake

Abnormal anterior planar AdreView images of the chest: a) Heterogeneously reduced cardiac uptake - Illustration

Figure 2a

Abnormal anterior planar AdreView images of the chest: b) Absent cardiac uptake - Illustration

Figure 2b

Step 2. Quantitate AdreView Cardiac Uptake

The AdreView H/M ratio is determined from the activity in heart (H) and mediastinum (M) regions of interest (ROIs) drawn on the anterior planar chest image (Figure 3) using the following procedure:

  1. Draw an irregular ROI defining the epicardial border of the heart. If the epicardial border cannot be defined because all or the majority of the myocardium is not visualized, draw the ROI based upon the presumed location of the heart, using the medial aspects of the left and right lower lung for anatomical guidance.
  2. Draw a horizontal line to mark the estimated location of the lung apices. If the most superior aspect of the image does not include the lung apices (because of limited field of view for a small gamma camera), draw this line at the top of the image display.
  3. Draw a vertical line approximately equidistant from the medial aspects of the right and left lung.
  4. Examine the counts for the 12 pixels along the vertical line starting 4 pixels below the intersection point with the horizontal line determined in step 2, and identify the pixel with the lowest counts. If more than one pixel has this same number of counts, choose the most superiorly located pixel.
  5. Using the pixel defined in step 4 as the center, draw a square ROI of 7x7 dimensions.
  6. Calculate the H/M ratio by dividing the counts/pixel in the total myocardium ROI determined in step 1 by the counts/pixel in the 7x7 pixel mediastinal ROI determined in step 5.

Figure 3. Illustration of creation of regions of interest for determination of the H/M ratio

Illustration of creation of regions of interest for determination of the H/M ratio - Illustration

Step 3. Interpretation Of AdreView H/M Ratio

The expected range for AdreView H/M ratio is 1.0 to 2.4 [see Clinical Studies].

Figure 4. Examples of AdreView Images in Subjects with Lower One and Two Year Mortality Risk

Examples of AdreView Images in Subjects with Lower One and Two Year Mortality Risk - H/M=2.21 - Illustration


Examples of AdreView Images in Subjects with Lower One and Two Year Mortality Risk - H/M=2.03 - Illustration



Dosage Forms And Strengths

Single use vials containing 5 mL solution for intravenous injection (2 mCi/mL at calibration time).

Storage And Handling

AdreView is supplied in 10 mL glass vials containing a total volume of 5 mL of solution with a total radioactivity of 370 MBq (10 mCi) at calibration time. Each vial is enclosed in a lead container of appropriate thickness.

NDC 17156-235-01


Store AdreView at 20°-25°C (68°-77°F); excursions permitted to 15°-30°C (59°-86°F) [see USP]. This product does not contain a preservative. Store within the original lead container or equivalent radiation shielding.

In accordance with USP recommendations Iobenguane I 123 Injection preparations should not be used after the expiration date and time stated on the label.


This preparation is approved for use by persons licensed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency pursuant to 32 IL. Adm. Code Section 330.260(a) and 335.4010 or equivalent licenses of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or an Agreement State.

Manufactured by: GE Healthcare, Medi-Physics, Inc., Arlington Heights, IL 60004 U.S.A. Revised: Mar 2020

Side Effects


Clinical Study Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

During clinical development 1346 patients were exposed to AdreView, 251 patients with known or suspected pheochromocytoma or neuroblastoma, 985 patients with heart failure, and 110 control patients. All patients were monitored for adverse reactions over a 24 hour period following AdreView administration.

Pheochromocytoma And Neuroblastoma

Serious adverse reactions were not observed in the AdreView clinical study. Adverse reactions were all mild to moderate in severity and were predominantly isolated occurrences (≤ 2 patients) of one of the following reactions: dizziness, rash, pruritus, flushing or injection site hemorrhage.

Congestive Heart Failure

No serious adverse reactions to AdreView were observed in clinical studies. Adverse reactions that occurred with a frequency > 1% were associated with the injection site (1.3%), problems such as hematoma and bruising. The other most common reactions were flushing (0.3%) and headache (0.4%). The adverse reactions were predominantly of mild to moderate intensity.

Postmarketing Experience

Because postmarketing reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Hypersensitivity reactions have uncommonly been reported during the postmarketing use of AdreView [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Drug Interactions


The following drugs have the potential to decrease the uptake of norepinephrine and cause false negative imaging results: antihypertensives that deplete norepinephrine stores or inhibit reuptake (e.g., reserpine, labetalol), antidepressants that inhibit norepinephrine transporter function (e.g., amitriptyline and derivatives, imipramine and derivatives, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), sympathomimetic amines (e.g., phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine and ephedrine), and cocaine. Clinical studies have not determined which specific drugs may cause false negative imaging results nor whether all drugs in any specific pharmacologic class have the same potential to produce the negative imaging results. Increasing the dose of AdreView will not overcome any potential uptake limiting effect of these drugs. Before AdreView administration, discontinue (for at least 5 biological half-lives) drugs known or expected to reduce norepinephrine uptake, as clinically tolerated.

Warnings & Precautions


Included as part of the "PRECAUTIONS" Section


Hypersensitivity Reactions

Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported following AdreView administration. Prior to administration, question the patient for a history of prior reactions to iodine, an iodine-containing contrast agent or other products containing iodine. If the patient is known or strongly suspected to have hypersensitivity to iodine, an iodine-containing contrast agent or other products containing iodine, the decision to administer AdreView should be based upon an assessment of the expected benefits compared to the potential hypersensitivity risks. Have anaphylactic and hypersensitivity treatment measures available prior to AdreView administration [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Imaging Errors Due To Concomitant Medications And Risks Associated With Withdrawal Of Medications

Many medications have the potential to interfere with AdreView imaging and review of the patient’s medications is required prior to AdreView dosing due to the risk for unreliable imaging results. If the AdreView imaging information is essential for clinical care, consider the withdrawal of the following categories of medications if the withdrawal can be accomplished safely: antihypertensives that deplete norepinephrine stores or inhibit reuptake (e.g., reserpine, labetalol), antidepressants that inhibit norepinephrine transporter function (e.g., amitriptyline and derivatives, imipramine and derivatives, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), and sympathomimetic amines (e.g., phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine and ephedrine). The period of time necessary to discontinue any specific medication prior to AdreView dosing has not been established [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].

Pheochromocytoma And Neuroblastoma

Drugs which interfere with norepinephrine uptake in neuroendocrine tumors may lead to false negative imaging results. When medically feasible, stop these drugs before AdreView administration and monitor patients for the occurrence of clinically significant withdrawal symptoms, especially patients with elevated levels of circulating catecholamines and their metabolites.

Congestive Heart Failure

Many commonly used cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neuropsychiatric medications interfere with AdreView imaging (see above). AdreView imaging should not be performed if discontinuation of these medications would involve risks which outweigh the value of AdreView imaging. In clinical trials, patients were not eligible for AdreView imaging if they were receiving medications in the above categories and the risks for medication withdrawal were unacceptable or if they were not clinically stable (e.g., experiencing continuing chest pain, hemodynamic instability, or clinically significant arrhythmia).

Risk Of Serious Adverse Reactions In Infants Due To Benzyl Alcohol Preservative

Serious and fatal adverse reactions including “gasping syndrome” can occur in neonates and infants treated with benzyl alcohol-preserved drugs, including AdreView. The “gasping syndrome” is characterized by central nervous system depression, metabolic acidosis, and gasping respirations. When administering AdreView in infants consider the combined daily metabolic load of benzyl alcohol from all sources including AdreView (contains 10.3 mg of benzyl alcohol per mL) and other drugs containing benzyl alcohol. The minimum amount of benzyl alcohol at which serious adverse reactions may occur is not known [see Use In Specific Populations].

Increased Radiation Exposure In Patients With Severe Renal Impairment

AdreView is cleared by glomerular filtration and is not dialyzable. The radiation dose to patients with severe renal impairment may be increased due to the delayed elimination of the drug. Delayed AdreView clearance may also reduce the target to background ratios and decrease the quality of scintigraphic images. These risks importantly may limit the role of AdreView in the diagnostic evaluation of patients with severe renal impairment. AdreView safety and efficacy have not been established in these patients [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Imaging Errors Due To Conditions That Affect The Sympathetic Nervous System

Individuals with conditions that affect the sympathetic nervous system, e.g., Parkinsonian syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple system atrophy, may show decreased cardiac uptake of AdreView independent of heart disease.

Thyroid Accumulation

Failure to block thyroid uptake of iodine 123 may result in an increased long term risk for thyroid neoplasia [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].


Assess the patient's pulse and blood pressure before and intermittently for 30 minutes after AdreView administration. AdreView may increase release of norepinephrine from chromaffin granules and produce a transient episode of hypertension, although this was not observed in the clinical studies. Prior to AdreView administration, ensure emergency cardiac and anti-hypertensive treatments are readily available.

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Iobenguane hemisulfate was not mutagenic in vitro in the Ames bacterial mutation assay and in the in vitro mouse lymphoma test, and was negative in the in vivo micronucleus test in rats.

Long-term animal studies have not been conducted to evaluate AdreView’s carcinogenic potential or potential effects on fertility.

Use In Specific Populations


Risk Summary

Radioactive iodine products cross the placenta and can permanently impair fetal thyroid function. Administration of an appropriate thyroid blocking agent is recommended before use of AdreView in a pregnant woman to protect the woman and fetus from accumulation of I 123 [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION ].

There are no available data on AdreView use in pregnant women to evaluate for a drug-associated risk of major birth defects, miscarriage or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes. Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with iobenguane I 123. All radiopharmaceuticals have the potential to cause fetal harm depending on the fetal stage of development and the magnitude of the radiation dose. Advise pregnant women of the potential risks of fetal exposure to radiation doses with administration of AdreView.

AdreView contains 10.3 mg/mL of benzyl alcohol. Because benzyl alcohol is rapidly metabolized by a pregnant woman, benzyl alcohol exposure in the fetus is unlikely. However, adverse reactions have occurred in premature neonates and low birth weight infants who received intravenously administered benzyl alcohol-containing drugs [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and Pediatric Use].

The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population(s) is unknown. All pregnancies have a background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2 to 4% and 15 to 20%, respectively.


Risk Summary

Iodine 123 (I 123), the radionuclide in AdreView, is present in human milk. There is no information on the effects on the breastfed infant or on milk production. Advise a lactating woman to interrupt breastfeeding and pump and discard breastmilk for at least 6 days (>10 physical half-lives) after AdreView administration in order to minimize radiation exposure to a breastfed infant.

Pediatric Use

The safety and effectiveness of AdreView have been established in the age groups 1 month to 16 years in patients with known or suspected neuroblastoma [see Clinical Studies]. Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of 1 month or in any pediatric patient with congestive heart failure have not been established.

Serious adverse reactions including fatal reactions and the “gasping syndrome” occurred in premature neonates and infants in the neonatal intensive care unit who received drugs containing benzyl alcohol as a preservative. In these cases, benzyl alcohol dosages of 99 to 234 mg/kg/day produced high levels of benzyl alcohol and its metabolites in the blood and urine (blood levels of benzyl alcohol were 0.61 to 1.378 mmol/L). Additional adverse reactions included gradual neurological deterioration, seizures, intracranial hemorrhage, hematologic abnormalities, skin breakdown, hepatic and renal failure, hypotension, bradycardia, and cardiovascular collapse. Preterm, low-birth weight infants may be more likely to develop these reactions because they may be less able to metabolize benzyl alcohol. When administering AdreView in infants consider the combined daily metabolic load of benzyl alcohol from all sources including AdreView (contains 10.3 mg of benzyl alcohol per mL) and other drugs containing benzyl alcohol. The minimum amount of benzyl alcohol at which serious adverse reactions may occur is not known [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Geriatric Use

In clinical studies of AdreView in heart disease, 27% of subjects were 65-74 years of age and 17% of subjects were 75 years of age or over. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these subjects and younger subjects, and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.

AdreView is excreted by the kidneys, and the risks of adverse reactions, increased radiation dose, and occurrence of falsely negative imaging results, may be greater in patients with severely impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection and image interpretation. Consider assessment of renal function in elderly patients prior to AdreView administration.

Overdose & Contraindications


The major manifestations of overdose relate predominantly to increased radiation exposure, with the long term risks for neoplasia.


AdreView is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to iobenguane or iobenguane sulfate.

Clinical Pharmacology


Mechanism Of Action

Iobenguane is similar in structure to the antihypertensive drug guanethedine and to the neurotransmitter norepinephrine (NE). Iobenguane is, therefore, largely subject to the same uptake and accumulation pathways as NE. Iobenguane is taken up by the NE transporter in adrenergic nerve terminals and stored in the presynaptic storage vesicles. Iobenguane accumulates in adrenergically innervated tissues such as the adrenal medulla, salivary glands, heart, liver, spleen and lungs as well as tumors derived from the neural crest. By labeling iobenguane with the isotope iodine 123, it is possible to obtain scintigraphic images of the organs and tissues in which the radiopharmaceutical accumulates.


AdreView is a diagnostic radiopharmaceutical which contains a small quantity of iobenguane that is not expected to produce a pharmacodynamic effect [see DESCRIPTION]. To minimize radiation dose to the thyroid gland, this organ should be blocked before dosing [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION]. Since iobenguane is excreted mainly via the kidneys, patients with severe renal insufficiency may experience increased radiation exposure and impaired imaging results. Frequent voiding should be encouraged after administration to minimize the radiation dose to the bladder [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. The calculation of the estimated radiation dose is shown in Table 2 [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].


Iobenguane is rapidly cleared from the blood and accumulates in adrenergically innervated tissues [see Mechanism Of Action]. Retention is especially prolonged in highly adrenergically innervated tissues (e.g., the adrenal medulla, heart, and salivary glands).

The majority of the iobenguane dose is excreted unaltered by the kidneys via glomerular filtration. A rapid initial clearance of circulating iobenguane is observed, followed by a slow clearance as iobenguane is released from other compartments. In patients with normal renal function, 70 to 90% of the administered dose is recovered unaltered in urine within 4 days. Iobenguane is not cleared by dialysis [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Most of the remaining radioactivity recovered in the urine is in the form of the radioiodinated metabolite m-iodohippuric acid (MIHA) (typically ≤ 10%) and free radioiodide (typically ≤ 6%). The enzymatic process responsible for metabolism has not been well characterized and the pharmacologic activity of these metabolites has not been studied. Only a small amount (< 1%) of the injected dose is eliminated via the feces.

Animal Toxicology And/Or Pharmacology

Iobenguane sulfate testing in dogs revealed electrocardiographic (ECG) changes after administration of 202 times the mg/m2 conversion of the maximum human dose for a 60 kg adult; the no observable effect level (NOEL) was not determined. When iobenguane was tested in a cell system stably expressing hERG-1 potassium channels, inhibition of potassium channels was not observed at an 80 μM iobenguane concentration and the IC50 was 487 μM.

Clinical Studies

Pheochromocytoma And Neuroblastoma

The safety and efficacy of AdreView were assessed in an open-label, multicenter, multinational trial of 251 subjects with known or suspected neuroblastoma or pheochromocytoma. Diagnostic efficacy for the detection of metabolically active neuroblastoma or pheochromocytoma was determined by comparison of focal increased radionuclide uptake on planar scintigraphy at 24 ± 6 hours post-administration of AdreView against the definitive diagnosis (standard of truth). Anterior and posterior planar whole-body images, or alternatively whole-body overlapping spot images, were acquired from the head to below the knees. Additional spot images were performed as deemed appropriate at the discretion of the clinical image reviewer. SPECT imaging of the thorax and abdomen was then obtained when possible.

Of the 251 subjects dosed with AdreView, 100 had known or suspected neuroblastoma and 151 had known or suspected pheochromocytoma. The population included 154 adults and 97 pediatric patients; the majority of adults were female (59%), the majority of pediatric subjects were male (58%). The adult subjects had a mean age of 49 years (range 17 to 88 years). The pediatric patients (56 males and 41 females) consisted of 32 infants (1 month up to 2 years of age), 62 children (2 years up to 12 years) and three adolescents (12 years up to 16 years).

The definitive diagnosis (standard of truth) for the presence or absence of metabolically active pheochromocytoma or neuroblastoma was determined by histopathology or, when histopathology was unavailable, a composite of imaging (i.e., CT, MRI, [131I]-mIBG scintigraphy), plasma/urine catecholamine and/or catecholamine metabolite measurements, and clinical follow-up.

A standard of truth was available for 211 subjects (127 with pheochromocytoma, 84 with neuroblastoma) and this group comprised the diagnostic efficacy population. For 93 of these subjects, the standard of truth was based solely upon histopathology. Of 211 subjects in the efficacy population, all had planar scintigraphy and 167 subjects had SPECT in addition to planar imaging. All images were assessed independently by three readers blinded to all clinical data. Table 5 summarizes the AdreView performance characteristics, by reader.

Table 5. AdreView Planar Imaging: Sensitivity and Specificity

OutcomeReader AReader BReader C
Sensitivity (n = 159)
Point estimate0.800.770.79
95% confidence interval0.73 -0.860.70 -0.840.71 -0.85
Specificity (n = 52)
Point estimate0.770.730.69
95% confidence interval0.63 -0.870.59 -0.840.55 -0.81

Performance characteristics (sensitivity and specificity) of AdreView planar imaging in patients with known or suspected neuroblastoma were similar to those in patients with known or suspected pheochromocytoma. Among the selected patients who also underwent SPECT imaging, similar performance characteristics of AdreView scintigraphy were observed when SPECT plus planar imaging was compared to planar imaging alone.

Congestive Heart Failure

The safety and efficacy of AdreView were evaluated in two open label, multicenter trials in patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II or III heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction ≤ 35%. The trials excluded subjects with an acute myocardial infarction within the prior thirty days, subjects with a functioning ventricular pacemaker as well as subjects who had received defibrillation to treat a previous arrhythmic event. Subjects underwent AdreView myocardial imaging (planar and SPECT) and continued standard clinical care; AdreView results were not used in a patient’s clinical care. Mortality was assessed for up to two years after AdreView imaging and the results from the trials were analyzed using a pre-specified data integration plan.

AdreView images in each trial were reviewed by three independent readers who assessed the H/M ratio on 3 hour 50 minute post-injection planar scintigraphy. Readers were masked to clinical information and the majority read value was used in analyses. The prognostic performance of the H/M ratio in estimating mortality was analyzed using the pre-specified 1.6 ratio cut-point to distinguish patients with higher risk from those with lower risk; other cut-points were also analyzed.

Within the two trials, 964 patients were enrolled; 80% were men, 83% were categorized as NYHA class II and 17% as class III. The average age was 62 years (range 20 -90 years of age). Most patients had ischemic heart disease (66%) and a history of smoking (74%). The patients were on a stable regimen of cardiovascular medications, including angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and/or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) (93%) and beta-blockers (92%). The range of AdreView H/M ratios in these subjects was 1.0-2.4 [mean 1.4 (± 0.2 standard deviation)].

Within the two trials, 94 age-matched control subjects without heart disease were enrolled, 64% were men, average age was 59 years (range 29 -82 years of age). The range of AdreView H/M ratios in these subjects was 1.1-2.4 [mean 1.8 (± 0.2 standard deviation)].

One Year Results: By 12 months following enrollment, 50 (5%) patients had died, 61 (6%) had missing follow-up information and three patients had missing H/M ratios.

Two Year Results: By 23 months following enrollment (the requirement for designation of two-year follow-up), 96 (10%) patients had died, 201 (21%) patients had missing follow-up information and three patients had missing H/M ratio data.

Table 6 summarizes the mortality results by categories of H/M ratio.

Table 6. AdreView H/M Ratios and One and Two Year* Mortality Rates

Range of H/M Ratio Values (number of patients)One-year Mortality Rate (%) (95% confidence interval)Two-year* Mortality Rate (%) (95% confidence interval)
≥ 1.6 (201)1.0 (0.0, 2.4)3.3 (0.7, 5.9)
1.2 – 1.6 (668)5.5 (3.8, 7.3)11.5 (9.0, 14.0)
< 1.2 (92)13.4 (6.4, 20.5)22.0 (13.2, 30.8)
*Calculated at 23 months based upon protocol definition for 2-year follow-up

H/M Ratio Prognostic Performance Characteristics

Follow-up mortality results were used to estimate the baseline H/M ratio prognostic performance characteristics. In these estimates, various H/M ratio “cut points” were used to group patients into those with higher versus lower H/M values, such as < 1.6 versus ≥ 1.6. The group of patients who died was examined to determine the probability of these patients having had a lower baseline H/M ratio (sensitivity). The group of patients who survived was examined to determine the probability of these patients having had a higher baseline H/M ratio (specificity). Based upon these results, the prognostic usefulness of any given H/M ratio in a patient was estimated by the positive predictive value (PPV) and the negative predictive value (NPV). The PPV is the probability of death given a lower H/M ratio; the NPV is the probability of survival given a higher H/M ratio.

Table 7 summarizes the performance characteristics by various H/M ratio categories for one year, the time point with the most complete data. Results were similar for the two year follow-up time point analyses.

Table 7. One Year Mortality Outcomes and AdreView Prognostic Performance Characteristics

H/M Group*Subjects (n = 961)Death**SurvivalSensitivity (%)Specificity (%)PPV (%)NPV (%)
< 1.292128024911396
< 1.4429333966657897
≥ 1.453217515
< 1.6760487129622699
≥ 1.62012199
< 1.89145086410055100
≥ 1.847047
*subjects grouped by H/M ratio cut-off values;
**6% discontinued patients are counted as survived (non-events)

Cox Proportional Hazards Analyses

The association of potential risk factors with mortality for up to two years was analyzed in Cox multivariate proportional hazard modeling that included such variables as demographics, hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, cardiovascular medications, smoking, and NYHA classification. The initial model included all pre-specified variables except for H/M ratio and used backward selection of variables found to be significant risk factors of all-cause mortality (p < 0.05) for inclusion in the final model. The final model consisted of the significant variables from the initial model plus the H/M ratio. In addition to age, in the final model, the H/M ratio was found to be a significant risk factor for mortality (Hazard Ratio < 0.08, p < 0.001). Left ventricular ejection fraction and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) were not included in these models, and AdreView SPECT defect scores were not tested in these models.

Medication Guide


Instruct patients to inform their physician or healthcare provider if they:

  1. are pregnant or breast feeding.
  2. are sensitive to iodine, an iodine-containing contrast agent or other products that contain iodine.
  3. are sensitive to Potassium Iodide Oral Solution, or Lugol's Solution.
  4. have reduced renal function.

Instruct patients to increase their level of hydration prior to receiving AdreView and to void frequently for the first 48 hours following AdreView administration.

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