BioSante Pharmaceuticals Announces Initiation of LibiGel® Study to Evaluate its Effect on Cognitive Function in Women
LINCOLNSHIRE, Illinois (July 13, 2010) – BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPAX) today announced the initiation of a LibiGel® (testosterone gel) clinical trial to evaluate its effect on cognitive function in menopausal women. The trial is a randomized, 6-month comparison of the effect of LibiGel compared to placebo treatment on a variety of learning and memory tasks. The study is being conducted by Dr. Susan Davis, Professor of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine, Monash University Women’s Health Program in Australia.
As previously reported, studies conducted by Dr. Davis have shown that testosterone significantly improved cognitive function, specifically visual and verbal learning and memory in menopausal women in a six month study. In addition, there was a reduction in parietal lobe blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal intensity during mental rotation, potentially indicating less neuronal recruitment being required to complete tasks.
“If this study demonstrates that testosterone improves cognitive performance, learning and memory, in healthy older women with normal cognition for their age, as compared to placebo, testosterone may be a potential strategy for the prevention of cognitive decline,” said Dr. Davis. Further information about this study can be found at http://womenshealth.med.monash.edu.au.
“It is exciting that a new clinical trial has been initiated to evaluate whether testosterone improves memory and learning,” said Dr. Michael C. Snabes, BioSante’s vice president of clinical development. “Positive results from this new study could provide scientific evidence for an additional advantage of testosterone for menopausal women.”
LibiGel® (testosterone gel) is in Phase III clinical development for the treatment of women who suffer from female sexual dysfunction (FSD). The on-going Phase III efficacy trials are double-blind, placebo-controlled trials that will enroll up to approximately 500 surgically menopausal women each for a six-month clinical trial. The efficacy trials are being conducted under an FDA-approved special protocol assessment (SPA) agreement. LibiGel is absorbed quickly through the skin after a once-daily pea-sized application on the upper arm, delivering testosterone to the bloodstream evenly over time and in a non-invasive and painless manner.
In a Phase II trial, LibiGel significantly increased the number of satisfying sexual events in surgically menopausal women suffering from FSD by 238 percent versus baseline (p<0.0001); this increase also was significant versus placebo (p<0.05). In this study, the effective dose of LibiGel produced testosterone blood levels within the normal range for pre-menopausal women and had a safety profile similar to that observed in the placebo group. In addition, no serious adverse events and no discontinuations due to adverse events occurred in any subject receiving LibiGel. The Phase II clinical trial was a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, conducted in the United States, in surgically menopausal women distressed by their low sexual desire and activity.
About BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
BioSante is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing products for female sexual health and oncology. BioSante’s lead products include LibiGel® (transdermal testosterone gel) in Phase III clinical development by BioSante under a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) SPA (Special Protocol Assessment) for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction (FSD), and Elestrin™ (estradiol gel) developed through FDA approval by BioSante, indicated for the treatment of moderate-to- severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause, currently marketed in the U.S. Also in development is a portfolio of cancer vaccines (GVAX), two of which have been granted orphan drug designation, currently in several Phase II clinical trials, at minimal cost to BioSante.
Other products in development are Bio-T-Gel™, a testosterone gel for male hypogonadism, licensed to Teva Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: TEVA) and an oral contraceptive in Phase II clinical development using BioSante patented technology. The current market in the U.S. for estrogen and testosterone products is approximately $2.5 billion and for oral contraceptives approximately $3 billion. The company also is developing its calcium phosphate technology (CaP) for aesthetic medicine (BioLook™), as a vaccine adjuvant, including for an H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine, and drug delivery as well as seeking opportunities for its 2A/Furin and other technologies. Additional information is available online at: biosantepharma.cdmail.biz.
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