Evofem Biosciences Announces Positive Top-Line Results of Phase 3 Study Evaluating Amphora for Hormone-Free Birth Control
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVFM) ("Evofem" or the "Company") today announced that its Phase 3 clinical trial of Amphora® for the prevention of pregnancy, AMPOWER, successfully met its primary endpoint.
AMPOWER assessed the efficacy, safety and subject satisfaction with Amphora in approximately 1,400 healthy women aged 18-35 years at 112 centers in the U.S. The primary endpoint of the study was the pregnancy rate over seven cycles of use (one cycle = 21-35 days) as assessed by the Kaplan-Meier statistical method. Top-line data analysis demonstrates a cumulative pregnancy rate of 14.0% over seven cycles of use (95% CI 10.0, 18.0). This corresponds to an 86.0% efficacy rate (referred to as typical use), which meets the pre-determined endpoint of this clinical trial.
In women who correctly used Amphora per study protocol, the cumulative pregnancy rate was 1.3% over seven cycles of use (95% CI 0.4, 2.1). This corresponds to a 98.7% efficacy rate. The results demonstrate that when Amphora is used as directed, the efficacy in which women can have confidence is similar to other frequently used contraceptive methods.
Overall in the AMPOWER study there were more than 24,000 acts of intercourse in which Amphora use was reported. Of these, Amphora was used as directed 88.9% of the time.
There were minimal side effects reported by AMPOWER study participants, and there were no serious treatment-related adverse events reported.1
This positive outcome supports the potential of Amphora (L-lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate), Evofem's Multipurpose Vaginal pH Regulator™ (MVP-R), to become the first non- hormonal, on-demand, woman-controlled prescription birth control vaginal gel .
"We are excited by these compelling study results, which solidify Amphora's position as the most substantial birth control innovation in nearly 20 years and a significant advancement for women and their sexual and reproductive health," said Saundra Pelletier, Chief Executive Officer of Evofem Biosciences. "We look forward to further data analysis and to submitting the Amphora NDA to the FDA in the second quarter of 2019. If approved, we plan to commercialize this first- in-class MVP-R for birth control in January 2020 to meet the needs of the 16.5 million women who are not using a contraceptive method but do not want to get pregnant, including women who cannot or will not use hormonal birth control methods."2
"In my experience, the most effective birth control method is one that women will consistently use," said Dr. Bassem Maximos, MD, MPH, FACOG, a principal investigator for the AMPOWER study and a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist. "Given the efficacy rate of 98.7% when used as directed and the low rates of side effects, Amphora will be an important new birth control option for women. Health care providers will finally be able to offer patients an effective birth control method that is non-hormonal, on-demand, and woman-controlled. These benefits will encourage many women who do not use birth control to reconsider their approach to managing their reproductive health."
Amphora is designed to regulate vaginal pH within the normal range of 3.5 to 4.5. This maintains an acidic environment, which is inhospitable to sperm as well as certain viral and bacterial pathogens associated with sexually transmitted infections but is integral to the survival of healthy bacteria in the vagina.
As with all contraceptive trials, the number of pregnancies and evaluable cycles included in Evofem's calculation of the pregnancy rate using the Kaplan-Meier method is subject to review by the FDA as part of its overall review of Amphora's NDA.
Data from AMPOWER, including an exploratory secondary endpoint of sexual satisfaction, will be submitted for presentation at upcoming scientific conferences and for publication in peer-reviewed journals following further analyses.
The Evofem management team will host a conference call to discuss the top-line AMPOWER results as follows:
December 17, 2018
8:30 a.m. EST
(866) 503-5561 (U.S. toll-free) or (253) 336-2965
Webcast (live and archived)
www.evofem.com under "Investors" or click here
The teleconference replay will be available approximately two hours after completion through Friday, December 21, 2018 at (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The replay access code is 4959407. The archived webcast will be available via the aforementioned URLs.
About Evofem Biosciences
Evofem Biosciences, Inc., (NASDAQ: EVFM) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative products to address unmet needs in women's sexual and reproductive health. Evofem is leveraging its proprietary Multipurpose Vaginal pH Regulator (MVP-R) gel to develop product candidates for multiple indications, including prevention of pregnancy, prevention of urogenital transmission of chlamydia and gonorrhea in women and the prevention of recurrent bacterial vaginosis. For more information regarding Evofem, please visit www.evofem.com.
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1Data on file. Evofem Biosciences, Inc., San Diego, CA
2Derived from NCHS Data Brief No. 173_December 2014 and the 2016 US Census Bureau data
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