TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NASDAQ: TXMD), an innovative, leading women’s healthcare company, announced today that the Company submitted a supplemental New Drug Application (“sNDA”) for BIJUVA (estradiol and progesterone) capsules, 0.5 mg/100 mg, to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).
The Company expects to learn of the acceptance of the sNDA upon receipt of the Filing Review Notification from the FDA, approximately 74 days after submission. If accepted, the Company expects that the review time under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) will be within ten months of receipt by the FDA, approximately March 21, 2022.
“We are pleased to have identified a path forward for submission to the FDA of our sNDA for low-dose BIJUVA. We believe low-dose BIJUVA will be an important additional therapeutic option for women, if approved, and we look forward to bringing it to market,” said Robert G. Finizio, Chief Executive Officer of TherapeuticsMD.
BIJUVA is the only FDA-approved bio-identical hormone therapy combination of estradiol and progesterone in a single, oral capsule. It is taken once-daily for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (commonly known as hot flashes or flushes) due to menopause in women with a uterus.
BIJUVA is a novel combination of bio-identical estradiol and bio-identical progesterone in a once-daily oral softgel capsule. BIJUVA is approved in the U.S. in a 1mg/100mg strength for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms due to menopause in women with a uterus.
BIJUVA (estradiol and progesterone) is a combination of an estrogen and progesterone indicated in a woman with a uterus for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms due to menopause.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
WARNING: CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS, BREAST CANCER, ENDOMETRIAL CANCER, and PROBABLE DEMENTIA
See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.
Estrogen Plus Progestin Therapy
- Estrogen plus progestin therapy should not be used for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or dementia
- The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) estrogen plus progestin substudy reported increased risks of stroke, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), and myocardial infarction (MI)
- The WHI estrogen plus progestin substudy reported increased risks of invasive breast cancer
- The WHI Memory Study (WHIMS) estrogen plus progestin ancillary study of WHI reported an increased risk of probable dementia in postmenopausal women 65 years of age and older
- There is an increased risk of endometrial cancer in a woman with a uterus who uses unopposed estrogens
- Estrogen-alone therapy should not be used for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or dementia
- The WHI estrogen-alone substudy reported increased risks of stroke and DVT
- The WHIMS estrogen-alone ancillary study of WHI reported an increased risk of probable dementia in postmenopausal women 65 years of age and older
BIJUVA is contraindicated in women with any of the following conditions: undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding; known, suspected, or history of cancer of the breast; known or suspected estrogen-dependent neoplasia; active DVT, PE, or history of these conditions; active arterial thromboembolic disease (for example, stroke, MI), or a history of these conditions; known anaphylactic reaction, angioedema, or hypersensitivity to BIJUVA or any of its ingredients; known liver impairment or disease; known protein C, protein S, or antithrombin deficiency, or other known thrombophilic disorders.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- An increased risk of PE, DVT, stroke, and MI has been reported with estrogen plus progestin therapy. Should these occur or be suspected, therapy should be discontinued immediately. Risk factors for arterial vascular disease and/or venous thromboembolism (VTE) should be managed appropriately.
- The WHI substudy of daily estrogen plus progestin after a mean follow-up of 5.6 years reported an increased risk of invasive breast cancer. Observational studies have also reported an increased risk of breast cancer for estrogen plus progestin therapy after several years of use. The risk increased with duration of use and appeared to return to baseline over about 5 years after stopping treatment (only the observational studies have substantial data on risk after stopping). The use of estrogen plus progestin therapy has been reported to result in an increase in abnormal mammograms requiring further evaluation.
- Endometrial hyperplasia (a possible precursor to endometrial cancer) has been reported to occur at a rate of approximately less than one percent with BIJUVA. Clinical surveillance of all women using estrogen plus progestin therapy is important. Adequate diagnostic measures should be undertaken to rule out malignancy in postmenopausal women with undiagnosed persistent or recurring abnormal genital bleeding.
- The WHI estrogen plus progestin substudy reported a statistically non-significant increased risk of ovarian cancer. A meta-analysis of 17 prospective and 35 retrospective epidemiology studies found that women who used hormonal therapy for menopausal symptoms had an increased risk for ovarian cancer. The exact duration of hormone therapy use associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer, however, is unknown.
- In the WHIMS ancillary studies of postmenopausal women 65 to 79 years of age, there was an increased risk of developing probable dementia in women receiving estrogen plus progestin when compared to placebo. It is unknown whether these findings apply to younger postmenopausal women.
- Estrogens increase the risk of gallbladder disease.
- Discontinue estrogen if severe hypercalcemia, loss of vision, severe hypertriglyceridemia, or cholestatic jaundice occurs.
- Monitor thyroid function in women on thyroid replacement hormone therapy.
The most common adverse reactions (≥3%) for BIJUVA are breast tenderness (10.4%), headache (3.4%), vaginal bleeding (3.4%), vaginal discharge (3.4%) and pelvic pain (3.1%).
Please note that this information is not comprehensive. Please see the Full Prescribing Information including BOXED WARNING at BIJUVA.com.
About TherapeuticsMD, Inc.
TherapeuticsMD, Inc. is an innovative, leading healthcare company, focused on developing and commercializing novel products exclusively for women. Our products are designed to address the unique changes and challenges women experience through the various stages of their lives with a therapeutic focus in family planning, reproductive health, and menopause management. The company is committed to advancing the health of women and championing awareness of their healthcare issues. To learn more about TherapeuticsMD, please visit therapeuticsmd.com or follow us on Twitter: @TherapeuticsMD and on Facebook: TherapeuticsMD.
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