1.20.2010

Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. Launches ABLAVAR™ (Gadofosveset Trisodium), a New Diagnostic Magnetic Resonance Angiography Agent

N. BILLERICA, Mass. (January 20, 2010) – Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc., a worldwide leader in diagnostic imaging, today announced the launch of ABLAVAR™ (gadofosveset trisodium), a unique, injectable MRA imaging agent used to evaluate aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) in adults with known or suspected peripheral vascular disease (PVD). ABLAVAR™ is the first and only contrast imaging agent approved in the United States for use with a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) indication to evaluate AIOD. AIOD is a type of PVD that occurs when arteries, which carry blood from the heart to the lower limbs, become narrowed or blocked. This lack of blood supply can result in pain, infection and even loss of limbs1.

In Phase 3 clinical studies, ABLAVAR™ demonstrated statistically greater sensitivity (detecting disease when present) compared with non-contrast MRA2. These studies, which supported the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of ABLAVAR™, show that MRA images using ABLAVAR™ provided diagnostic accuracy comparable to conventional X-ray angiography,3,4 an invasive procedure which involves insertion of a catheter into the arteries in the upper thigh (groin area) or arm5.

“ABLAVAR™ provides distinct advantages over X-ray angiography, the current standard of care in diagnosing AIOD,” said Mark G. Hibberd, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Medical Director, Global Medical Affairs, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. “ABLAVAR™ provides high resolution images comparable to conventional X-ray angiography (the current gold standard), which offers radiologists a clear, enhanced visualization of patients’ arteries. However, ABLAVAR™ is given in a single, low dose injection, does not require catheter insertion into a patient’s arteries, and does not expose patients to ionizing radiation, all of which are tangible benefits to patients.”

source: Lantheus Medical Imaging

3 comments:

LC David said...

New Diagnostic Magnetic Resonance Angiography Agent" its care should be taken daily...viatical settlement

jj said...

Everyone fastens where there is gain.........................................

CB said...

Does any one have info about the image quality? The rep told me the dose of Ablavar is only .03 mmol/kg and that seems so low compared to Magnevist. Any thoughts?