Lantheus buys Epix's MS-325 rights

Lantheus Medical Imaging of North Billerica, MA, has acquired the U.S., Canadian, and Australian rights to MS-325 from MRI contrast developer Epix Pharmaceuticals of Lexington, MA.

MS-325, formerly marketed as Vasovist by Bayer Schering Pharma of Berlin, is an MR angiography contrast agent. The product received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) marketing approval in 2009 for evaluating aortoiliac occlusive disease in adults with known or suspected peripheral vascular disease.

Epix will continue to own European and other ex-U.S. rights for the imaging agent.

Lantheus plans to launch MS-325 under a different name before the end of this year.

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