Data Suggests Twirla May Decrease Mean Length of Bleeding and Spotting Episodes
PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Agile Therapeutics, Inc., (AGRX), a women's healthcare company, today announced additional data from its Phase 3 SECURE trial of Twirla® (AG200-15), an investigational, once-weekly, low-dose hormonal contraceptive patch, which showed women experienced mean decreases in length of bleeding and spotting episodes. These data were presented during an oral presentation at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Scientific Congress & Expo 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, and the abstract was published in Fertility and Sterility.
Over 12 months, women on Twirla reported a gradual decrease in the mean total number of bleeding and/or spotting episodes from 6.0 to 4.9 days from cycles two through 13. Scheduled bleeding, or withdrawal bleeding during the patch-free week, decreased from 4.7 days at cycle two to 4.1 days at the end of the trial. The mean number of days of unscheduled bleeding, or breakthrough bleeding, decreased from 6.3 to 5.2 from cycle two through 13. While the duration of scheduled and unscheduled bleeding decreased, the mean number of episodes were consistent during the trial. Only 2.2% of women discontinued from the trial due to bleeding-related adverse events.
"Women generally hope for contraceptive options that lessen bleeding and spotting over time," said Anita L. Nelson, M.D., Research Division, Access Essential Health, Los Angeles, California. "This is an important factor that affects selection of and long-term continuation with hormonal contraception."
In July 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted resubmission of the Company's New Drug Application (NDA) for Twirla and assigned December 26, 2017 as the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date.
"The SECURE trial comprised an ethnically diverse, real-world population, which is reflective of women who may select the Twirla patch as their contraceptive method, if approved by the FDA," said Elizabeth Garner M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Agile Therapeutics, Inc. "We believe Twirla has the potential to be an important low-dose, non-daily birth control option for today's modern woman."
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About the SECURE Trial
The Phase 3 SECURE (Study to Evaluate Contraception Use, Reliability, and Effectiveness) trial was a single-arm, open-label, 13-cycle trial designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of Twirla in 2,032 healthy women, aged 18 years and over, at 102 investigational sites nationwide. Bleeding information was self-reported by subjects on a daily basis using electronic diaries. Subjects were asked about both scheduled and unscheduled bleeding and spotting, using definitions described by Mishell et al. (Recommendations for Standardization of Data Collection and Analysis of Bleeding in Combined Hormone Contraceptive Trials; Contraception 75; 11-15).
Twirla (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel transdermal system) or AG200-15 is an investigational once-weekly prescription contraceptive patch. AG200-15 is a combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC) patch that contains the active ingredients ethinyl estradiol (EE), a synthetic estrogen, and levonorgestrel (LNG), a type of progestin, a synthetic steroid hormone. Twirla is designed to be applied once weekly for three weeks, followed by a week without a patch.
About Agile Therapeutics, Inc.
Agile Therapeutics is a forward-thinking women's healthcare company dedicated to fulfilling the unmet health needs of today's women. Our product candidates are designed to provide women with contraceptive options that offer freedom from taking a daily pill, without committing to a longer-acting method. Our lead product candidate, Twirla, (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel transdermal system), also known as AG200-15, is a once-weekly prescription contraceptive patch that recently completed Phase 3 trials. Twirla is based on our proprietary transdermal patch technology, called Skinfusion®, which is designed to provide advantages over currently available patches and is intended to optimize patch adhesion and patient wearability. For more information, please visit the company website at www.agiletherapeutics.com. The company may occasionally disseminate material, nonpublic information on the company website.
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