AAA today announced a clinical trial agreement with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, whereby NCI will sponsor and conduct a study of Lutathera, an investigational drug, in patients with inoperable pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma.
Frank Lin, M.D., Medical Officer with the NCI’s Cancer Imaging Program and collaborator with the Molecular Imaging Program, directed by Peter Choyke, M.D., F.A.C.R., in NCI’s Center for Cancer Research will be the Principal Investigator for a planned NCI-sponsored study. The envisioned trial will draw from the unique population of pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma patients being evaluated at the NIH.
“We applaud the NCI’s efforts to address the needs of patients suffering from these rare malignancies and are pleased to facilitate the exploration of additional potential indications for Lutathera,” said Stefano Buono, Chief Executive Officer of AAA. “Over the past three years, Lutathera has been used under compassionate use and named patient programs in 10 European countries in almost 1,300 patients, including those with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma. In a Phase II trial conducted at the Erasmus Medical Center that is part of our New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Marketing Authorization Application to the European Medicines Agency, 45 patients with these indications were treated with a median Progression Free Survival of 24.8 months and a median Overall Survival that was not reached. We hope these results will be confirmed by the NCI trial.”