PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Agile Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:AGRX) a women's health specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of new prescription contraceptive products, announced today that active recruitment has closed in its ongoing single-arm, open-label Phase 3 SECURE clinical trial of Twirla® (AG200-15), its investigational contraceptive patch. Participating sites will complete screening over the next two weeks, and the Company expects to complete enrollment by the end of the third quarter 2015.
"We have completed active recruitment of patients into our Phase 3 SECURE clinical trial, which is a crucial milestone in the trial and for Agile," said Al Altomari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Agile. "Together with all of our partners, including our CRO and manufacturing partner, we believe we have the right development plan in place to achieve our goal of making Twirla available as a convenient contraceptive option for women. We will continue our focus on quality management of the trial and execution of our broader business plan for developing women's contraceptive products."
Twirla is the Company's lead product candidate and is a combined hormonal contraceptive patch that contains the active ingredients ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel, both of which have an established history of efficacy and safety in currently marketed combination low-dose oral contraceptives. Twirla was developed using Agile's proprietary Skinfusion® technology to deliver both hormones over a seven-day period at levels comparable to currently marketed low-dose oral contraceptives. Twirla is applied once weekly for three weeks followed by a patch-free week, and is designed to promote patient compliance.
"The Phase 3 SECURE clinical trial is progressing with continued focus on excellent study conduct," stated Elizabeth Garner, M.D, M.P.H, Chief Medical Officer of Agile. "Our clinical investigators and their teams have worked diligently to identify quality subjects through the multi-step screening and enrollment process, which includes an electronic diary run-in period of no less than 2 weeks. In addition to successful completion of the eDiary run-in, all enrolled subjects must meet a number of entry criteria designed to optimize compliance with the study patch and electronic diary. As of today, we believe there are currently sufficient subjects in the screening process to allow us to achieve our target enrollment by the end of the third quarter 2015."
The SECURE study is a multicenter Phase 3 clinical trial of Twirla which will enroll approximately 2,100 female subjects who will receive treatment for up to one year. The study will assess the effectiveness of the patch in preventing pregnancy using the Pearl Index as the primary contraceptive efficacy measure. Safety and tolerability will also be evaluated.
About Agile Therapeutics, Inc.
Agile Therapeutics is a women's health specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of new prescription contraceptive products. Our product candidates are designed to provide women with contraceptive options that offer greater convenience and facilitate compliance. Our lead product candidate, Twirla®, (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel transdermal system), also known as AG200-15, is a once-weekly prescription contraceptive patch currently in Phase 3 clinical development. 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 adherence and patient acceptability. 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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