Advanced Accelerator Applications Announces Health Canada Approval of NETSPOT® Diagnostic Imaging Agent Kit to Detect Neuroendocrine Tumours

  • NETSPOT® is the first and only kit for the preparation of gallium (68Ga) oxodotreotide injection for diagnostic imaging of neuroendocrine tumors
  • The safety and clinical benefit of NETSPOT®  was based on a systematic review of the scientific literature on the use of gallium (68Ga) oxodotreotide as a radiodiagnostic agent in the management of patients with neuroendocrine tumours (NETs)
  • Despite vast improvements in diagnostic techniques, neuroendocrine tumours remain one of the most elusive cancers to diagnose1

Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France, April 7, 2020Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. (AAA), a Novartis company, today announced that Health Canada has approved NETSPOT® (kit for the preparation of gallium (68Ga) oxodotreotide injection) for the evaluation of neuroendocrine tumours (“NETs”). NETSPOT® is the first and only kit for the preparation of gallium (68Ga) oxodotreotide injection, a radioactive diagnostic agent for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of somatostatin receptor overexpression in adult patients with confirmed or suspected somatostatin receptor positive neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) for localizing primary tumours and their metastases.

This innovative technology supports a more accurate diagnosis and staging of NETs and a more tailored treatment plan. Following this approval, NETSPOT® will be available in Canada.

“The diagnosis of neuroendocrine tumours is often delayed by years, because the symptoms associated with NETs are also typical for dozens of other diseases and conditions,” said Dr. Stephan Probst, Chief of Nuclear Medicine, Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. “NETSPOT® represents an advance in diagnostic imaging that provides us with higher quality images, allowing for enhanced decision making when it comes to choosing amongst therapeutic options, potentially resulting in better patient management.”

The availability of NETSPOT® in Canada is expected to benefit NETs patients by reducing their exposure to radiation and alleviating the discomfort they experience by lowering the amount of time to conduct the scan.2

“We applaud Health Canada in approving the NETSPOT® kit and this innovative technology as an important adjunct to helping physicians identify the precise location and extent of the tumour and plan staging and the best course of treatment,” stated Jackie Herman, President & Director of Treatment Access & Health Policy of CNETS Canada.

“We are excited about the approval of NETSPOT® as it offers physicians additional insight into the patient’s disease burden, enabling them to optimize treatment and care. In addition, the approval reflects our ongoing commitment to the Canadian neuroendocrine tumour community, including patients, their families and the healthcare professionals dedicated to their care,” said Lyndal Walker, General Manager of Advanced Accelerator Applications in Canada.

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