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Bioequivalence Study of Patches With Different Equilibration Profiles

This study has been completed.
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First received: June 19, 2008
Last updated: June 6, 2011
Last verified: April 2010
The purpose of this single center, randomized, double-blind, 2 way crossover study was to determine the bioequivalence of a norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol (NGMN/EE) transdermal contraceptive system.

Condition Intervention Phase
Female Contraception
Drug: norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol (NGMN/EE) transdermal contraceptive system.
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: A Definitive Bioequivalence Study of ORTHO EVRA Exhibiting Faster Equilibration Profile and Currently Marketed ORTHO EVRA in Healthy Female Volunteers

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The faster equilibrating patches were bioequivalent to the currently marketed patch

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Safe and well tolerated

Enrollment: 42
Study Start Date: May 2004
Study Completion Date: August 2004
Detailed Description:

The primary objective was to determine the bioequivalence of a norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol (NGMN/EE) transdermal contraceptive system lot with a faster equilibration profile compared to currently marketed lot of NORELGESTROMIN/ETHINYL ESTRADIOL, after application to the buttock. This was a single center, randomized, double-blind, 2 way crossover study. The double-blind treatment phase included two 7-day treatment periods separated by a 21-day washout period. Safety was assessed throughout the study. The study population was comprised of healthy women who weighed at least 110 pounds with a body mass index (BMI) between 16 and 29.9 kg/m2, and a hematocrit of at least 36%. Eligible patients were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 treatment sequence groups. A 20 cm2 NGMN/EE transdermal contraceptive patch (test or NORELGESTROMIN/ETHINYL ESTRADIOL (reference) was applied to each patient on the buttock and worn for 7 days. Twenty-one days after removal of the first patch the patient crossed over to the other treatment. After each patch was removed, the skin was checked for redness and swelling. Blood samples were collected for measurement of drug concentrations during the 7-day wear periods and for 3 days after each patch was removed. Patients were telephoned weekly during the washout period to remind them to use back-up contraception. After the last blood sample collection in Period 2, or in instances where the patient withdrew early from the study, posttreatment procedures including physical and gynecologic examinations, vital signs, laboratory evaluations, and a serum pregnancy test were performed. The following pharmacokinetic parameters were to be estimated for NGMN, NG, and EE after test and NORELGESTROMIN/ETHINYL ESTRADIOL patch application: Cmax - maximum observed serum concentration after patch application; tmax - time of maximum serum concentration after patch application; Css - mean steady-state concentration for NGMN and EE after patch application calculated as the mean concentration between 48 and 168 hours; Cavg - average concentration for NG calculated as AUC168/168; AUC - the area under the serum concentration-time curve for NGMN, NG, and EE using linear trapezoidal summation from the data obtained after patch application from time 0 (dosing) to 168 hours postdose (AUC168), from time 0 to 240 hours postdose (AUC240), from time 0 to infinity (AUCinf), and from time 0 to the last measurable concentration for EE (AUClast); and t½ - apparent terminal half-life, computed as (ln2/ke) where ke is the slope of the terminal log-linear phase of the serum concentration-time curve. Patch adhesion was assessed and scores summarized. Assessment of bioequivalence will be based on the use of 90% confidence intervals (for 2 one-sided test procedures) for the ratios of mean (test to reference) pharmacokinetic parameters, AUC240 and Css for NGMN and EE. The 2 patches were considered bioequivalent if the 90% confidence intervals fell within 80% to 125% limits for both AUC240 and Css for NGMN and EE. Safety evaluations were based on adverse events, including erythema and application site reaction and changes in physical and gynecologic examinations (including breast exams), vital signs, 12-lead ECGs, and clinical laboratory test results from pre- to poststudy. Serum pregnancy testing and urine drug screening was performed. Changes from screening were summarized using descriptive statistics.

A fast equilibratin patch or NORELGESTROMIN/ETHINYL ESTRADIOL patch (20 cm2 transdermal contraceptive system) contains NGMN 6.0 mg and EE 0.75 mg. Each patient wore a patch (test or NORELGESTROMIN/ETHINYL ESTRADIOL) on the buttock for 7 days, according to a computer-generated randomization schedule. There was a 21-day washout period. Patients then crossed over to the other treatment for 7 days.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy as determined by physical and gynecologic examinations, clinical laboratory assessments, vital sign measurements, and a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant
  • Lactating
  • Currently using hormonal contraceptive
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00775086

Sponsors and Collaborators
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
Study Director: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, L.L.C. Clinical Trial Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.
  More Information

Additional Information: Identifier: NCT00775086     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR002209
Study First Received: June 19, 2008
Last Updated: June 6, 2011

Keywords provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.:
contraceptive patch
ethinyl estradiol

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Polyestradiol phosphate
Ethinyl Estradiol
Estradiol 3-benzoate
Estradiol 17 beta-cypionate
Estradiol valerate
Contraceptive Agents
Ortho Evra
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Reproductive Control Agents
Contraceptive Agents, Female
Contraceptives, Oral, Combined
Contraceptives, Oral
Contraceptives, Oral, Synthetic processed this record on April 26, 2017