FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to Navidea Biopharmaceuticals’ Lymphoseek®
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on precision diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, announced today that the FDA has granted Fast Track designation to Lymphoseek ® (technetium 99m tilmanocept) Injection for sentinel lymph node detection in patients with head and neck cancer. Under the FDA Modernization Act of 1997, the Fast Track program was designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of drug candidates intended to treat serious or life-threatening conditions, and that demonstrate the potential to address unmet medical needs. Navidea intends to file the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Lymphoseek before year-end. Lymphoseek was approved by the FDA in March 2013 for use in lymphatic mapping procedures that are performed to help in the diagnostic evaluation of potential cancer spread for patients with breast cancer and melanoma.
“The Fast Track designation Navidea has received for Lymphoseek recognizes the significant unmet need that exists in the treatment of head and neck cancers and the important role that Lymphoseek can play in reducing or eliminating the need for debilitating elective neck dissection surgery,” said William J Regan, Navidea Senior Vice President for Global Regulatory Strategy. “After filing the sNDA, we look forward to working closely with the FDA to bring to market as quickly as possible an expanded label for Lymphoseek and what will be the first agent indicated in sentinel lymph node detection."