|Guided Therapeutics Reports Update on FDA Review of LuViva™ Advanced Cervical Scan PMA Application|
Panel review of technology no longer planned for FDA decision
Press Release Source: Guided Therapeutics, Inc. On Wednesday November 2, 2011, 10:00 am EDT
NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Guided Therapeutics, Inc.(OTCBB & OTCQB: GTHP) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has informed the company that the agency is not planning a panel review to render a decision on the Premarket Approval (PMA) application of the LuViva™ Advanced Cervical Scan.
The FDA acknowledged that it had previously stated that there would be a panel review, but, in a conference call with the company, said that after further review of the PMA application a review by an outside panel of experts was not needed. According to the FDA, this decision does not affect the likelihood of approval or disapproval and the PMA review is continuing. The reasons given by FDA for not requiring a panel meeting were: that the agency staff believed they understood LuViva’s technology, that they understood the clinical application and had reviewed similar devices in the past.
“While this new position from FDA is not an indication of the likelihood of approval or disapproval of the LuViva application, we believe that it could shorten the time frame for a final decision by the agency, based on our previous expectations,” said Mark L. Faupel, Ph.D., CEO and President of Guided Therapeutics, Inc. “We will continue to work with FDA on the premarket approval process and, while we await a decision, we are preparing for any further FDA requirements, such as manufacturing or other facility audits or inspections.”
“Concurrently, our team is preparing the documentation for the CE Mark application and we look forward to meeting with our new international distributors and European doctors, all leaders in the field of women’s health, at the upcoming 2011 Medica Trade Fair in Germany later this month,” said Dr. Faupel.
Based on FDA guidelines, the company expects a decision from FDA by January 20, 2012. While the panel meeting is no longer planned, if there is a panel review at a future date, Guided Therapeutics believes it will be prepared to present the technology.
LuViva scans the cervix with light to identify cancer and pre-cancer painlessly and non-invasively. Unlike Pap or HPV tests, LuViva does not require laboratory analysis or a tissue sample, and is designed to provide results immediately, which eliminates costly, painful and unnecessary testing. LuViva is designed for use in a referred population which has undergone initial screening and is called back for follow up - called a colposcopy examination - which in many cases involves taking a biopsy of the cervix.