Lantheus Holdings, Inc. Announces FDA Approval of DEFINITY® Room Temperature
“With the approval of DEFINITY RT, we expand our microbubble franchise offering to include a room temperature formulation, in addition to our market leading, refrigerated DEFINITY that our customers and patients have trusted to enhance suboptimal echocardiograms for 19 years. This approval will enable those customers who prefer a non-refrigerated product to be able to continue to benefit from our DEFINITY microbubble products,” said Paul Blanchfield, Chief Commercial Officer.
Mary Anne Heino, President and Chief Executive Officer, added, “We continue to expand the offerings in our microbubble franchise. The addition of DEFINITY RT recognizes the increasing need for portability in delivery of healthcare services, as well as our commitment to partnering with innovators developing complex product formulations which include a microbubble. I am thankful to the entire Lantheus team who worked diligently to bring this new formulation to the market.”
DEFINITY RT is a modified formulation of DEFINITY that allows both storage and shipment at room temperature (DEFINITY’s previously approved formulation requires refrigerated storage). The activation of DEFINITY RT will be achieved using the VIALMIX® RFID device, which was approved in August 2020. This modified formulation provides clinicians an additional choice and allows for greater utility of this formulation in broader clinical settings.
The composition of matter U.S. issued patent for DEFINITY RT has an expiration date of 2035 and will be listed in the Orange Book.
About DEFINITY® and DEFINITY® RT
DEFINITY Vial for (Perflutren Lipid Microsphere) Injectable Suspension and DEFINITY RT (Perflutren Lipid Microsphere) Injectable Suspension (activated) are ultrasound enhancing agents for use in patients with suboptimal echocardiograms (see Indications and Important Safety Information below and find full Prescribing Information at www.definityimaging.com).1,2 DEFINITY and DEFINITY RT are engineered to produce small and consistently sized durable microbubbles to fully evaluate the left ventricle.1,2 DEFINITY has extensive safety experience and a consistent safety profile.3 Since its launch in 2001, more than 14 million echo studies have been performed with DEFINITY, and it is the most prescribed ultrasound enhancing agent in the U.S.4
DEFINITY® Vial for (Perflutren Lipid Microsphere) Injectable Suspension
DEFINITY® RT (Perflutren Lipid Microsphere) Injectable Suspension
Activated DEFINITY® and activated DEFINITY® RT (Perflutren Lipid Microsphere) Injectable Suspension are indicated for use in patients with suboptimal echocardiograms to opacify the left ventricular chamber and to improve the delineation of the left ventricular endocardial border.
Do not administer DEFINITY® and DEFINITY® RT to patients with known or suspected hypersensitivity to perflutren lipid microsphere or its components.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
WARNING: Serious Cardiopulmonary Reactions
Serious cardiopulmonary reactions, including fatalities, have occurred uncommonly during or following perflutren-containing microsphere administration [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]. Most serious reactions occur within 30 minutes of administration.
In post-marketing use, rare but serious cardiopulmonary or hypersensitivity reactions have been reported during or shortly following perflutren-containing microsphere administration [see Adverse Reactions (6)]. The risk for these reactions may be increased among patients with unstable cardiopulmonary conditions [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)]. It is not always possible to reliably establish a causal relationship to drug exposure due to the presence of underlying cardiopulmonary disease.
Please see accompanying full Prescribing Information, including boxed WARNING regarding serious cardiopulmonary reactions, on www.definityimaging.com.
About Lantheus Holdings, Inc.
Lantheus Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. and Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and a global leader in the development, manufacture and commercialization of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic agents and products. Lantheus provides a broad portfolio of products, including the echocardiography 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; AZEDRA® for the treatment of certain rare neuroendocrine tumors; and RELISTOR® for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation, which is partnered with Bausch Health Companies, Inc. The Company is headquartered in North Billerica, Massachusetts with offices in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Canada and Sweden. For more information, visit www.lantheus.com.
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1 DEFINITY® (Package Insert), North Billerica, MA, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
2 DEFINITY® RT (Package Insert), North Billerica, MA, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
3 Data on file, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
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