Commercial Availability of IRE-Sourced Xenon 133 Demonstrates Commitment
to Secure and Provide Continuous Supply to U.S. Medical Market through
2016 and Beyond
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 30, 2016--
Holdings, Inc. (“Lantheus”) (NASDAQ: LNTH), the parent company of Lantheus
Medical Imaging, Inc. (“LMI”), a global leader in the development,
manufacture and commercialization of innovative diagnostic imaging
agents and products, today announced the first commercial shipment of
Xenon Xe 133 Gas (Xenon 133) using unprocessed radiochemical Xenon 133
supplied by the Institute for Radioelements (IRE) in Belgium. The
commercial availability of Xenon 133 sourced from IRE supports Lantheus’
commitment to ensuring the medical community has continued reliable
access to Xenon 133 through 2016 and beyond. Lantheus is the market
leader in the U.S. for the supply of finished vials of Xenon 133, an
inhaled radiopharmaceutical imaging agent used for the evaluation of
pulmonary function and imaging the lungs.
Earlier this month, Lantheus received approval from the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) for IRE to be a supplier of unprocessed
radiochemical Xenon 133 for processing and finishing by Lantheus. IRE’s
supply will supplement and eventually replace Lantheus’ current Xenon
133 supply when the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in Canada
no longer provides a regular supply of medical isotopes to the
marketplace in October 2016.
“As the leading provider of Xenon 133, we have delivered on our
commitment to the U.S. medical imaging community to secure consistent
supply of this important imaging agent to meet the needs of patients now
and in the future,” said Bill Dawes, Vice President of Manufacturing and
Operations at Lantheus. “Through our exceptional quality, regulatory,
technical and commercial collaboration with IRE, a world leader in the
production of medical isotopes, we continue to provide solutions to our
customers and the patients that they serve. We look forward to a long
and productive relationship with IRE for Xenon 133 and Molybdenum-99.”
“We are happy to be working with Lantheus and expanding our commitment
to patients in the United States,” said Jean-Michel Vanderhofstadt, CEO
of IRE. “Providing for an uninterrupted high-quality supply of Xenon 133
and Molybdenum-99 are key priorities for our team while we
simultaneously work to ensure that our important LEU conversion program
meets the needs of its global stakeholders in the future. I am
particularly grateful to the project team for outstanding cooperation
and team work - - Lantheus and IRE have completed in record time an
important project which has averted the potential shortage of a critical
diagnostic imaging agent. We look forward to our continued work with
Lantheus and our continued role in providing important medical isotopes
to clinicians and patients in North America.”
About Xenon Xe 133 Gas (Xenon 133)
Xenon 133 is an inhaled
radiopharmaceutical imaging agent used for the evaluation of pulmonary
function and for imaging the lungs.
INDICATIONS AND USAGE:
Inhalation of Xenon 133 has proved
valuable for the evaluation of pulmonary function and for imaging the
lungs. It may also be applied to assessment of cerebral flow.
Important Safety Information:
Adverse reactions related to
the use of this agent have not been reported to date.
Xenon 133 delivery systems, i.e., respirators or
spirometers, and associated tubing assemblies must be leak proof to
avoid loss of radioactivity into environs not specifically protected by
Xenon 133 adheres to some plastics and rubber and should not be allowed
in tubing or respirator containers. The unrecognized loss of
radioactivity from the dose for administration may render the study
The vial stopper contains dry natural rubber latex and may cause
allergic reactions in providers or patients who are sensitive to latex.
General: Xenon 133, as well as other
radioactive drugs, must be handled with care and appropriate safety
measures should be used to minimize radiation exposure to patients and
to clinical personnel.
Radiopharmaceuticals should be used only by physicians who are qualified
by 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.
Please see full prescribing information on www.lantheus.com.
About Lantheus Holdings, Inc. and Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.,
a global leader in the development, distribution and commercialization
of innovative diagnostic imaging agents and products. LMI provides a
broad portfolio of products, which are primarily used for the diagnosis
of cardiovascular diseases. LMI’s key products include the
echocardiography contrast agent DEFINITY® Vial for
(Perflutren Lipid Microsphere) Injectable Suspension; TechneLite®
(Technetium Tc99m Generator), a technetium-based generator that provides
the essential medical isotope used in nuclear medicine procedures; and
Xenon (Xenon Xe 133 Gas), an inhaled radiopharmaceutical imaging agent
used to evaluate pulmonary function and for imaging the lungs. The
Company is headquartered in North Billerica, Massachusetts with offices
in Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia. For more information, visit www.lantheus.com.
About the Institute for Radioelements
Located in Fleurus,
Belgium, the Institute for Radioelements (IRE) is a public utility
foundation that was created in 1971 to use nuclear technologies to
improve public health and environmental control. IRE is one of the
largest producers worldwide of radionuclides for use in nuclear medicine
and exports its products throughout the world. IRE produces
radionuclides used both for imaging (early screening for malignant
tumours, analysis of organ malfunction) and therapies (cancer
treatment). It is also responsible for the radiological monitoring of
the Belgian territory. IRE helps to improve the health and save the
lives of millions of individuals throughout the world every year. For
more information, please visit www.ire.eu.
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