SAINT-GENIS-POUILLY, France, June 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. (NASDAQ:AAAP) (“AAA” or “the Company”), an international specialist in Molecular Nuclear Medicine (MNM), today announced that it has selected Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH), a healthcare services company operating the largest radiopharmaceutical network in the United States, to supply gallium 68 (Ga 68) dotatate doses prepared with a novel kit to U.S. hospitals and imaging centers.
NETSPOTTM (formerly known as Somakit-TATE) is a patented kit recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for the preparation of Ga 68 dotatate for injection, for the localization of somatostatin receptor positive neuroendocrine tumors in adult and pediatric patients using Positron Emission Tomography (“PET“). The product has received orphan drug designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA“).
Cardinal Health’s extensive U.S. network of radiopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities will prepare and deliver NETSPOTTM patient doses to advanced medical imaging sites in key metropolitan areas where high demand is anticipated. This partnership makes Cardinal Health the second radiopharmacy network that will participate in the NETSPOTTM supply chain, after the announcement of the Zevacor Pharma partnership earlier this year.
“We believe that NETSPOTTM has the potential to improve the accuracy of diagnosis while reducing radiation exposure for patients compared to the existing standard,” said Stefano Buono, Chief Executive Officer of AAA. “We are pleased to have signed this non-exclusive agreement with Cardinal Health for the preparation and delivery of NETSPOTTM. We believe that Cardinal Health’s extensive footprint, and deep expertise in preparation of kit based products, will make it an excellent partner in creating broad availability of this innovative product. We believe the establishment of broadly available doses of Ga 68 radiopharmaceuticals will also mark an important milestone in the development of PET imaging, a development similar to the establishment of unit dose supply of Fluorine-18 labeled radiopharmaceuticals in the early 2000’s.”
NETSPOTTM is a novel patented kit developed by AAA for the preparation of gallium Ga 68 dotatate for injection, for localization of somatostatin receptor positive neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) in adult and pediatric patients using Positron Emission Tomography (“PET“). The kit has been designated as an orphan drug by the EMA and the FDA. For full prescribing information for NETSPOTTM please refer to: http://go.usa.gov/cSywA.
About Advanced Accelerator Applications
Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA) is an innovative radiopharmaceutical company that develops, produces and commercializes Molecular Nuclear Medicine (MNM) products. AAA’s lead therapeutic product candidate, Lutathera, is a novel MNM compound that AAA is currently developing for the treatment of Neuro Endocrine Tumors, a significant unmet medical need. Founded in 2002, AAA has its headquarters in Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France. AAA currently has 20 production and R&D facilities able to manufacture both diagnostics and therapeutic MNM products, and has over 440 employees in 13 countries (France, Italy, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, U.S. and Canada). AAA reported sales of €88.6 million in 2015 (+26.8% vs. 2014) and sales of €26.9 million for 1Q 2016 (+29.6% vs. 1Q15). AAA is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker “AAAP”. For more information please visit: www.adacap.com.
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