Endometrial safety: a key hurdle for selective estrogen receptor modulators in development.
ABSTRACT Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) have the ability to provide mixed functional estrogen receptor (ER) agonist or antagonist activity, depending on the target tissue. Tamoxifen, the first SERM available for clinical use, is regarded as a highly effective agent for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. However, tamoxifen exhibits ER agonist activity in the uterus and is associated with an increased risk of endometrial hyperplasia and malignancy. Endometrial safety has been an important consideration in the clinical development of SERMs, with improved benefit-risk profiles. Raloxifene, which is currently approved for the prevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis and for the prevention of breast cancer, seems to have neutral effects on the uterus. Promising results have been observed with the targeted development of newer and more tissue-specific SERMs, many of which are under investigation for postmenopausal osteoporosis. Of the newer SERMs in development, lasofoxifene has been shown to reduce fracture risk and decrease the incidence of breast cancer but has been associated with an increased incidence of vaginal bleeding, endometrial thickening, and endometrial polyps. Lasofoxifene and ospemifene have shown beneficial effects on the vaginal epithelium. Phase 3 clinical data have shown that bazedoxifene is effective in preventing and treating postmenopausal osteoporosis, without adverse effects on the endometrium or breast. Arzoxifene has been evaluated in phase 3 trials for postmenopausal osteoporosis and has been studied for the treatment of uterine malignancies but is no longer in clinical development. Further investigation of newer SERMs is warranted to more clearly define the endometrial safety of these agents.
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ABSTRACT: During the menopausal transition, women experience a number of symptoms due to declining estrogen levels, including vasomotor symptoms and vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA). Unlike vasomotor symptoms, vaginal dryness and dyspareunia, the main symptoms of VVA, typically worsen without treatment and can significantly impact the quality of life. Up to 60% of postmenopausal women may be affected by VVA, but many women unfortunately do not seek treatment due to embarrassment or other factors. After 20+ years in development, ospemifene (Osphena™) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2013 for treatment of moderate-to-severe dyspareunia associated with VVA due to menopause. As the first non-hormonal alternative to estrogen-based products for this indication, the approval of ospemifene represents a significant milestone in postmenopausal women's health. Ospemifene is a non-steroidal estrogen receptor agonist/antagonist, also known as a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM), from the same chemical class as the breast cancer drugs tamoxifen and toremifene. Unlike other selective estrogen receptor modulators, ospemifene exerts a strong, nearly full estrogen agonist effect in the vaginal epithelium, making it well suited for the treatment of dyspareunia in postmenopausal women. Results of Phase III clinical trials showed that ospemifene significantly improved the vaginal maturation index (decreased parabasal cells and increased superficial cells), decreased vaginal pH, and decreased severity of the self-identified most bothersome symptom (dyspareunia or vaginal dryness) compared to placebo. Long-term safety studies revealed that 60 mg ospemifene given daily for 52 weeks was well tolerated and was not associated with any endometrium or breast-related safety concerns. This review discusses the preclinical and clinical data supporting the use of ospemifene for the treatment of dyspareunia associated with VVA due to menopause and provides an overview of its clinical safety.Clinical Interventions in Aging 01/2014; 9:1939-1950. DOI:10.2147/CIA.S73753 · 1.82 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: SERMs represent a diverse group of molecules with varying levels of estrogenic agonist and antagonist activity in target tissues. SERMs have a long regulatory approval history and have been studied for a variety of therapeutic indications. The clinical effects of SERMs have been evaluated in a large number of phase 3 clinical trials. Many of the available SERMs have proved to be effective as chemo-preventive agents and treatments for breast cancer and a number are useful for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. The endometrial effect of SERMs has been a key differentiator in clinical practice and a major hurdle for regulatory approval. The effect of SERMs in the vagina also represents a major distinction among different SERMs. This review summarized key clinical finding of SERMs in different target tissues.Maturitas 10/2014; 80(1). DOI:10.1016/j.maturitas.2014.10.010 · 2.86 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Bazedoxifene is used for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. After peroral application, bazedoxifene is metabolized by UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) to bazedoxifene-4'-glucuronide (M4) and bazedoxifene-5-glucuronide (M5). It has already been shown that a relatively common UGT1A1*28 polymorphism can considerably affect raloxifene pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. As pharmacokinetics of bazedoxifene and raloxifene are very similar, the influence of UGT1A1*28 polymorphism on metabolism of bazedoxifene was investigated by genotyped microsomes. Our results indicate an influence of UGT1A1*28 allele on the formation clearance of both bazedoxifene metabolites. The decreased metabolic clearance was most pronounced in microsomes from polymorphic homozygote (*28/*28) where a 7 to 10-fold lower metabolic clearance was observed for both metabolites compared to other genotypes. In conclusion, the significant UGT1A1*28 genotype effect on bazedoxifene intrinsic metabolic clearance indicates that this subject is worth further exploration in vivo and provides valuable information research in this field.Pharmazie 02/2015; 70(2). DOI:10.1691/ph.2015.4738 · 1.00 Impact Factor