Guerbet's Lipiodol Approved for HCC cTACE in China

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Lipiodol<sup>®</sup> Ultra Fluid
<em>(Iodinated ethyl esters of fatty acids of poppyseed oil)</em>Guerbet (GBT) has announced the approval of an additional indication for Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid by the China NMPA (National Medical Products Administration) for use in Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolization (cTACE) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) at intermediate-stage in adult patients in the People's Republic of China.

HCC is the most common primary liver cancer and the fourth biggest cause of death due to cancer worldwide. China alone represents more than 50% of all primary liver cancers globally since the country has the highest liver cancer prevalence in the world. according to the WHO with about 330 000 cases.1

"Guerbet is honored to receive the NMPA approval for this indication for Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid in China. This registration reflects a strong positive endorsement from Chinese interventional oncologists and provides them with an additional NMPA endorsed therapy for managing patients with hepatocellular carcinoma in China. This is also evidence of our commitment to making cTACE available to as many HCC patients as possible." commented David Hale, Guerbet's CEO. "Development of image-guided procedures is a top priority for Guerbet's Interventional Imaging Business Unit as we work to enhance liver cancer patients' prognosis and quality of life in China and worldwide."

Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid is used in Interventional Oncology for conventional trans-arterial chemoembolization, a minimally invasive procedure which consists of mixing Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid with an anticancer drug. The mixture is injected trans-arterially in the liver as a loco-regional targeted chemotherapy for unresectable liver tumors (HCC). Lipiodol Ultra- Fluid acts as a contrast agent, a drug vehicle, and a dual arterio-portal transient embolic.2

Interventional Oncology is increasingly being recognized as the fourth pillar of cancer care, alongside surgical oncology, medical oncology & radiation oncology, since the evidence supporting loco-regional image-guided cancer therapies has significantly grown in recent years as have the range of treatments and applications available.

Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid is used in conventional trans-arterial chemo-embolization procedures for the treatment of patients with inoperable liver tumours. cTACE has been published in over 100 clinical studies, of which five were international RCTs, on more than 10,000 patients with intermediate stage HCC.

cTACE has been established as the Standard-of-Care for the treatment of patients with intermediate stage HCC by several international clinical consensus guidelines in China, Japan, South-Korea, Europe and the US. These consensus guidelines recommend cTACE for patients with intermediate stage HCC.3,4,5,6,7

EASL3 guidelines stipulate that these patients present a median survival of 2.5 years after TACE whereas cTACE extends the survival of these patients to a maximum of 32 months8, or even 37 months9. therefore up to 7 additional months.

Consequently, cTACE as a Standard-of-Care for primary liver cancer therapy has increasingly been recognized and utilized on all continents, with more than 400,000 patients being treated every year.10

For interventional oncology procedures, Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid is approved for cTACE indication in EMEA (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey), in the Americas (Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay) and in Asia-Pacific (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam).

The recent approval of Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid for cTACE in China highlights Guerbet strategy to develop its Interventional Imaging Business Unit and invest in R&D to deliver enhanced and innovative interventional oncology therapies.

Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid is approved for Imaging of patients with known HepatoCellular Carcinoma (HCC) in the US, in Canada and in Germany.

Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid is approved for adjustment of Epirubicin hydrochloride for trans-arterial injection in Japan.


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  10. Guerbet data 1997 to 2019.
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Guerbet's Lipiodol Approved for HCC cTACE in China.  Appl Radiol. 

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