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A Phase III Study to Compare Efficacy and Safety of AFOLIA vs. Gonal-f® in Infertile Women 35 to 42 Years of Age Undergoing in Vitro Fertilization (IVF) (FIN3002)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified October 2014 by Finox AG
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Finox AG Identifier:
First received: September 3, 2012
Last updated: October 31, 2014
Last verified: October 2014

The purpose of this study is to show that AFOLIA, a recombinant manufactured human follicle stimulating hormone (r-hFSH) has a similar efficacy and safety profile compared to the widely used and marketed r-hFSH Gonal-f.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Gonal-f
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase III Investigator- and Assessor-blinded 1:1 Randomized, Parallel-group Multicenter Study to Compare Efficacy and Safety of Two r-hFSH Formulations (AFOLIA Pen vs. Gonal-f® RFF Pen) in Normal Ovulatory Women 35 to 42 Years of Age Undergoing in Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

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Further study details as provided by Finox AG:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical pregnancy [ Time Frame: Six weeks post embryo transfer ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Clinical pregnancy is defined as presence of a gestational sac and fetal heart activity beginning at six weeks post embryo transfer

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Immunogenicity [ Time Frame: Measurement at baseline, 8, 21 and 60 days after start of r-hFSH therapy ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Measurement of possible antibodies against exogenous r-hFSH

  • Local and systemic adverse events [ Time Frame: Systemic adverse events: Screening visit until approx. 40 weeks after the confirmation of biochemical pregnancy. Local adverse events: up to a max. of 16 days after the start of the FSH treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Evaluation of possible local adverse events due to subcutaneous injections, such as erythema, hematoma, induration etc. using a patient diary. Assessment of systemic adverse events incl. ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) by physical examination and laboratory assessments.

  • Pregnancy outcome [ Time Frame: Follow-up period starting the time of confirmation of clinical pregnancy until 40 weeks after confirmation of biochemical pregnancy (birth) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Follow-up of ongoing pregnancy from date of confirmation of clinical pregnancy until birth including neonatal phase of 28 days

Estimated Enrollment: 1106
Study Start Date: December 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Gonal-f RFF
One subcutaneous injection of 225IU Gonal-f (follitropin-alfa) per day (initial dose) for the first 6 days. Increase of dose to a maximum of 450IU per day after initial dosing period if deemed necessary
Drug: Gonal-f
225IU subcutaneously, starting at the day of successful down-regulation for the first 6 days, followed by a treatment period with an increased dose until the point of ovulation induction has been reached
Other Name: Follitropin-alfa
Experimental: AFOLIA
One subcutaneous injection of 225IU AFOLIA (follitropin-alfa) per day (initial dose) for the first 6 days. Increase of dose to a maximum of 450IU per day after initial dosing period if deemed necessary
225IU subcutaneously, starting at the day of successful down-regulation for the first 6 days, followed by a treatment period with an increased dose until the point of ovulation induction has been reached
Other Name: Follitropin-alfa

Detailed Description:

Comparison of the clinical pregnancy rate in the AFOLIA group compared to the Gonal-f group as the primary endpoint. Comparison of the number and size of follicles, the number of cycle cancellation, the hormone parameters and adverse events in the AFOLIA group compared to the Gonal-f group as secondary endpoints.


Ages Eligible for Study:   35 Years to 42 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 35 to 42 years of age
  • Indication for controlled ovarian stimulation and IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  • Regular menstrual cycles (25-35 days)
  • History of a maximum of two fresh cycle treatments in the present series of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) at the day of first screening (thawed cycles are not subject to that criteria)
  • Body mass index (BMI) ≥18 and ≤38 kg/m2
  • Basal FSH <12 IU/L (cycle day 2-5)
  • Antral follicle count (AFC) ≥ 10 to ≤20 follicles with a diameter of <11mm (sum of both ovaries) as measured on ultrasound (US) in the early follicular phase (menstrual cycle day 2-5)
  • Documented history of infertility due to any of the following factors: tubal factor, mild endometriosis (American Society for Reproductive Medicine [ASRM] stage 1-2), male factor, unexplained infertility
  • Presence of both ovaries by ultrasonography and normal uterine cavity (confirmed by hysterosalpingography, saline infusion sonography or hysteroscopy within 6 months before randomization)
  • Male partner with semen analysis that is at least adequate for ICSI within 6 months prior to patient beginning down-regulation (invasive or surgical sperm retrieval, donor and/or cryopreserved sperm may be used)
  • Willingness to participate in the study and to comply with the study protocol
  • Signed informed consent prior to screening

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of pregnancy
  • History of or active polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • AFC >20 follicles with a diameter of <11 mm (both ovaries combined) as measured on US in the early follicular phase (menstrual cycle day 2-5)
  • History of >2 unsuccessful fresh ART retrieval cycles
  • Presence of uncontrolled endocrine disorder
  • Previous history or presence of severe OHSS
  • Intrauterine fibroids ≥5 cm or otherwise clinically relevant pathology that could impair embryo implantation or pregnancy continuation
  • History of recurrent spontaneous abortion (3 or more, even when unexplained)
  • Presence of severe endometriosis (ASRM stage 3 or stage 4) or hydrosalpinx
  • Neoplasia, including tumors of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland
  • Abnormal bleeding of undetermined origin
  • History of extrauterine pregnancy in the previous 3 months
  • Known allergy or hypersensitivity to progesterone or to any of the excipients (including peanut oil) of the additional study medications (GnRH agonist, Ovidrel®, and Crinone 8%®)
  • History of poor response to gonadotropin treatment (defined as fewer than 5 oocytes retrieved in a previous attempt)
  • Any hormonal treatment within 1 month before the start of the FSH treatment, with the exception of levothyroxine)
  • Egg donor
  • Administration of other investigational products within the previous month
  • Clinically abnormal findings at Visit 1
  • Concomitant participation in another study protocol
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01687712

Contact: Mike Floyd 301 651 4256

United States, California
HRC Fertility Recruiting
Encino, California, United States, 91436
Contact: Samantha Vaughn    818-788-7288 ext 244   
United States, Delaware
Reproductive Associates of Delaware Recruiting
Newark, Delaware, United States, 19713
Contact: Charlie Heisey    302-602-8822   
United States, Florida
FL Fertility Institution Recruiting
Tampa, Florida, United States, 33759
Contact: Gayle Cameron    727-724-9730   
United States, Georgia
Georgia Reproductive Specialists Recruiting
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30342
Contact: Amy Roach    404-843-2229 ext 105   
United States, Illinois
Fertility Centers of Illinois Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60610
Contact: Sue Jausalitis    312-222-8200   
In Via Fertility Specialists Recruiting
Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States, 60169
Contact: Vishvanath C Karande    847-884-8884 ext 239   
United States, Maryland
Shady Grove Fertility RSC Recruiting
Rockville, Maryland, United States, 20850
Contact: Tasha Newsome    888-420-3329   
United States, Nevada
Nevada Center for Reproductive Medicine Recruiting
Reno, Nevada, United States, 89519
Contact: Traci Rawson    775-828-1200   
United States, New Jersey
Cooper Institute of Reproductive Hormonal Disorders, P.C. Recruiting
Marlton, New Jersey, United States, 08053
Contact: Carrie Wilson    856-751-5465   
United States, Ohio
Institute for Reproductive Health Recruiting
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45209
Contact: Michael Scheiber    513-924-5550   
United States, Pennsylvania
Abington Reproductive Medicine Recruiting
Abington, Pennsylvania, United States, 19001
Contact: Paula A. Nice    215-887-2010 ext 1525   
Main Line Fertility Center Recruiting
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States, 19010
Contact: Eileen Davies    484-380-4861   
Shady Grove Fertility RSC, Chesterbrook, PA Recruiting
Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, United States, 19087
Contact: Quiana Selby    888-420-3329   
University of Penn Recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Contact: Regina Marunich    215-662-2935   
United States, Tennessee
Fertility Associates of Memphis Active, not recruiting
Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 38120
United States, Texas
Texas Fertility Center Recruiting
Austin, Texas, United States, 78731
Contact: Tamara Minter    512-451-7432   
Center for Assisted Reproduction Recruiting
Bedford, Texas, United States, 75022
Contact: Lee Ann Hoffman    817-924-1572   
Fertility Specialists of Houston Recruiting
Houston, Texas, United States, 77054
Contact: Randall Dunn    713-512-7891   
Houston Fertility Center Recruiting
Houston, Texas, United States, 77063
Contact: Karen Petermann    281-554-5111   
Center of Reproducitve Medicine Recruiting
Webster, Texas, United States, 77598
Contact: Marianne Fisher    281-557-3084   
United States, Virginia
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine Recruiting
Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 23507
Contact: Barbara Ross    757-446-8929    RossBK@EVMS.EDU   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Finox AG
Principal Investigator: Kevin Doody, MD Center for Assisted Reproduction, Bedford, Texas
  More Information

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Finox AG Identifier: NCT01687712     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FIN3002
Study First Received: September 3, 2012
Last Updated: October 31, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Finox AG:
In vitro fertilization
Controlled ovarian stimulation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Diseases, Male
Follicle Stimulating Hormone
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on November 20, 2014