BOCA RATON, Fla.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NYSE MKT: TXMD), an innovative women’s healthcare company, today announced positive top-line results from its pivotal phase 3 Replenish Trial of TX-001HR, an investigational bio-identical hormone therapy combination of 17ß-estradiol and progesterone in a single, oral softgel, for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (VMS) due to menopause in post-menopausal women with an intact uterus.
“TX-001HR is the first bio-identical combination hormone therapy of estradiol in combination with progesterone to be evaluated in a large, well-controlled, randomized clinical trial”
The Replenish Trial evaluated four doses of TX-001HR and placebo in 1,835 post-menopausal women between 40 and 65 years old. The doses studied were:
- 17ß-estradiol 1 mg/progesterone 100 mg (n = 416)
- 17ß-estradiol 0.5 mg/progesterone 100 mg (n = 423)
- 17ß-estradiol 0.5 mg/progesterone 50 mg (n = 421)
- 17ß-estradiol 0.25 mg/progesterone 50 mg (n = 424)
- Placebo (n = 151)
The Replenish Trial results demonstrated:
- TX-001HR estradiol 1 mg/progesterone 100 mg and TX-001HR estradiol 0.5 mg/progesterone 100 mg both achieved all four of the co-primary efficacy endpoints and the primary safety endpoint.
- TX-001HR estradiol 1 mg/progesterone 100 mg and TX-001HR estradiol 0.5 mg/progesterone 100 mg both demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful reduction from baseline in both the frequency and severity of hot flashes compared to placebo.
- TX-001HR estradiol 0.5 mg/progesterone 50 mg and TX-001HR estradiol 0.25 mg/progesterone 50 mg were not statistically significant at all of the co-primary efficacy endpoints. The estradiol 0.25 mg/progesterone 50 mg dose was included in the clinical trial as a non-effective dose to meet the recommendation of the FDA guidance to identify the lowest effective dose.
- The incidence of consensus endometrial hyperplasia or malignancy was 0 percent across all four TX-001HR doses, meeting the recommendations established by the U.S. Food and Drug Agency’s (FDA) draft guidance.1
As outlined in the FDA guidance, the co-primary efficacy endpoints in the Replenish Trial were the change from baseline in the number and severity of hot flashes at weeks 4 and 12 as compared to placebo.1 The primary safety endpoint was the incidence of endometrial hyperplasia with up to 12 months of treatment. General safety was also evaluated.
The results of the Replenish Trial (p-values of < 0.05 meet FDA guidance and support evidence of efficacy) are summarized in the below table and included multimedia.
|Replenish Trial Co-Primary Efficacy Endpoints: Mean Change in Frequency and Severity of Hot Flashes Per|
|Week Versus Placebo at Weeks 4 and 12, VMS-MITT Population|
|Estradiol/Progesterone||1 mg/100 mg||0.5 mg/100 mg||0.5 mg/50 mg||0.25 mg/50 mg||Placebo|
|(n = 141)||(n = 149)||(n = 147)||(n = 154)||(n = 135)|
|Week 4 P-value versus placebo||<0.001||0.013||0.141||0.001||-|
|Week 12 P-value versus placebo||<0.001||<0.001||0.002||<0.001||-|
|Week 4 P-value versus placebo||0.031||0.005||0.401||0.100||-|
|Week 12 P-value versus placebo||<0.001||<0.001||0.018||0.096||-|
|Replenish Trial Primary Safety Endpoint: Incidence of Consensus Endometrial Hyperplasia or Malignancy up to|
|12 months, Endometrial Safety Population(Ŧ)|
|Endometrial Hyperplasia||0% (0/280)||0% (0/303)||0% (0/306)||0% (0/274)||0% (0/92)|
|MITT = Modified intent to treat|
ŦPer FDA, consensus hyperplasia refers to the concurrence of two of the three pathologists be accepted as the final diagnosis1
|P-value < 0.05 meets FDA guidance and supports evidence of efficacy|
“We are very pleased that multiple doses of TX-001HR studied in the Replenish Trial demonstrated these positive results, suggesting that, if approved, this drug product candidate is poised to address the significant demand for bio-identical hormone therapy,” said Chief Executive Officer Robert G. Finizio. “We have successfully advanced the science for post-menopausal women’s health by finding a way to effectively combine bio-identical estradiol and bio-identical progesterone. The need for a bio-identical FDA-approved combination therapy has been unanswered for decades, driving women to use unapproved drugs mixed together by independent and community pharmacies that compound these products. We believe that TX-001HR, if approved, will provide women, healthcare providers and pharmacists with a proven safe, effective and insurance reimbursed bio-identical combination product, finally answering that need. We will continue to evaluate these promising data, and look forward to submitting a New Drug Application for TX-001HR to the Food and Drug Administration as early as the third quarter of 2017.”
The trial also demonstrated a dose response favoring the higher doses of estradiol in combination with progesterone. The availability of multiple doses of TX-001HR would allow for individualized therapy to meet the needs of a diverse population of women.
The most common adverse events (>5 percent) reported on average in all the active treatment groups were headache, nasopharyngitis, breast tenderness, and upper respiratory infection. There was a very low reported incidence of adverse events of somnolence with TX-001HR, in contrast to commercially available oral progesterone where somnolence has been reported as a significant side effect. There were no unexpected safety signals.
The Replenish Trial evaluated various secondary endpoints using well-validated patient reported outcome tools, including the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life (MENQOL), the Clinical Global Impression scale (CGI), and the responder analysis rate. Both TX-001HR estradiol 1 mg/progesterone 100 mg and TX-001HR estradiol 0.5 mg/progesterone 100 mg demonstrated clinically meaningful and statistically significant improvements in the secondary endpoints using these tools.
Additional efficacy and safety analyses of the Replenish Trial data are ongoing and TherapeuticsMD plans to submit the full Replenish Trial results for presentation at future scientific meetings and for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
“TX-001HR is the first bio-identical combination hormone therapy of estradiol in combination with progesterone to be evaluated in a large, well-controlled, randomized clinical trial,” said TherapeuticsMD Chief Medical Officer Sebastian Mirkin, M.D. “The Replenish Trial demonstrated for the first-time safety and robust efficacy for the treatment of hot flashes at multiple doses of TX-001HR. If approved, TX-001HR estradiol 1 mg/progesterone 100 mg and TX-001HR estradiol 0.5 mg/progesterone 100 mg would provide TherapeuticsMD with a complete portfolio to meet the demands of women currently taking unapproved compounded hormones for the treatment of VMS, along with the healthcare providers and pharmacies that prescribe and compound these products.”
TX-001HR is a novel combination of 17ß-estradiol and natural progesterone under investigation for treating vasomotor symptoms related to menopause. If approved by the FDA, TX-001HR would represent the first bio-identical estradiol and progesterone approved for use in a single, combined product for postmenopausal women with an intact uterus offering women an important alternative to both the available FDA-approved synthetic (non-bio-identical) hormones and the unapproved compounded bio-identical hormone products. Bio-identical refers to estradiol and progesterone that are molecularly identical to the hormones circulating naturally in the woman’s body. An estimated one to two-and-a-half million women in the U.S. are using unapproved, compounded bio-identical hormone therapies to treat vasomotor symptoms.2 Leading medical societies and the FDA advise that compounded hormone therapies may pose significant risk to women given lack of efficacy and safety data and lack of uniform manufacturing processes.
TX-001HR was developed using TherapeuticsMD’s unique SYMBODATM technology (meaning “similar to the body”), which enables partial and complete solubilization of estradiol and progesterone into medium-chain fatty acid oils often derived from coconut oil.
About Menopause and Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS)
Menopause is a natural life-stage transition for women with an average onset of 51 years. According to the United States Census Bureau, approximately 43 million women in the U.S. are of menopausal age (45-64 years).3
As the ovaries stop producing hormones, levels of circulating estrogen decrease, often causing vasomotor symptoms (VMS) such as night sweats, hot flashes, and sleep disturbances. VMS affect as many as 60-80 percent of all menopausal women.
Menopausal women can benefit from hormone therapy (HT), also known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is recognized by key medical societies as the most effective treatment for relief of symptoms related to menopause.
Conference Call and Webcast
TherapeuticsMD will host a conference call today, during which management will discuss the top-line results of the pivotal phase 3 Replenish Trial. Details for the call are:
Date: December 5, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Telephone Access (US): (866) 665-9531
Telephone Access (International): (724) 987-6977
Access Code for All Callers: 30215405
Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call can be accessed on the company’s website, www.therapeuticsmd.com, under the “Investors & Media” section.
About TherapeuticsMD, Inc.
TherapeuticsMD, Inc. is an innovative healthcare company focused on developing and commercializing products exclusively for women. With its SYMBODA™ technology, TherapeuticsMD is developing advanced hormone therapy pharmaceutical products to enable delivery of bio-identical hormones through a variety of dosage forms and administration routes. The company’s clinical development pipeline includes two phase 3 products. The company also manufactures and distributes branded and generic prescription prenatal vitamins under the vitaMedMD® and BocaGreenMD® brands. More information is available at the following websites: www.therapeuticsmd.com, www.vitamedmd.com and www.bocagreenmd.com.
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1 2003 FDA Draft Guidance for Industry Estrogen and Estrogen/Progestin Drug Products to Treat Vasomotor Symptoms and Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy Symptoms – Recommendations for Clinical Evaluation http://www.fda.gov/ucm/groups/fdagov-public/@fdagov-drugs-gen/documents/document/ucm071643.pdf
2 Pinkerton JV, Santoro N. 2015. Menopause, Vol.22, No.9, pp 0-11
3 United States Census Bureau