SAN DIEGO, April 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:DARE), a leader in women’s health innovation, today announced the article entitled “Pharmacokinetics and tolerability of a novel 17β-estradiol and progesterone intravaginal ring in sheep” was published online in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (JPharmSci®). The goal of the research described in the article was to characterize the release, pharmacokinetics and local tolerability of DARE-HRT1, a potential and novel hormone replacement therapy.  DARE-HRT1, an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) intravaginal ring (IVR) drug delivery technology delivering 17β-estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P), was evaluated in drug-naïve ovariectomized female Dorset crossbred sheep.

DARE-HRT1 is being developed as a combination bio-identical estradiol and bio-identical progesterone IVR for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat vasomotor symptoms (VMS), commonly called hot-flashes and associated with menopause, as part of an HRT regimen. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) consensus statement supports HRT in peri- and post-menopausal women and recommends administering both estrogen to reduce symptoms and progesterone to prevent thickening of the uterine wall, in addition to recommending a non-oral route over an oral route.1 The design of DARE-HRT1 is intended to allow the continuous delivery of bio-identical estradiol and bio-identical progesterone in one IVR over a 28- day period.

“We believe achieving predictable and sustained release rates of bio-identical hormones in a large animal model, as published in JPharmSci, is a validation of the viability of our IVR technology platform,” said Dr. David Friend, co-author of the article and Chief Scientific Officer for Daré Bioscience. “We believe the results of this study are highly encouraging. The IVRs were well tolerated and we saw no abnormal findings in any of the groups.”

In a separate study of 44 healthy female post-menopausal women, more than 90 percent said an IVR would make taking their medications easier and 88 percent reported they would be very likely to use an IVR for a condition related to Women’s Health.2   

“With more than 45 million women approaching menopause in the United States, the demand for new innovation to treat HRT is accelerating at a rapid pace,” said Sabrina Martucci Johnson, President and CEO of Daré Bioscience.  “We are highly encouraged by these findings and plan to advance our DARE-HRT1 program into a human clinical study this year.  In addition, we expect to advance our novel IVR-based fertility program, DARE-FRT1, into a human clinical study in approximately 12 to 18 months.”  

For full access to the JPharmSci article, please visit https://jpharmsci.org/. For more information on Daré, please visit www.darebioscience.com.

  1. Menopause, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2012. 
  2. Leonard-Segal, Acceptability and Tolerability of an Intravaginal Ring in Postmenopausal Women, Accepted for North American Menopause Society, Philadelphia, PA, 11 October 2017.        

About Daré Bioscience

Daré Bioscience is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the advancement of innovative products for women’s health. The company’s mission is to identify, develop and bring to market a diverse portfolio of differentiated therapies that expand treatment options, improve outcomes and facilitate convenience for women, primarily in the areas of contraception, vaginal health, sexual health, and fertility.

Daré’s product portfolio includes potential first-in-class candidates in clinical development: Ovaprene®, a non-hormonal, monthly contraceptive intravaginal ring; Sildenafil Cream, 3.6%, a novel cream formulation of sildenafil to treat female sexual arousal disorder utilizing the active ingredient in Viagra®; DARE-BV1, a unique hydrogel formulation of clindamycin phosphate 2% to treat bacterial vaginosis via a single application; and DARE-HRT1, a combination bio-identical estradiol and progesterone intravaginal ring for hormone replacement therapy following menopause. To learn more about Daré’s full portfolio of women’s health product candidates, and mission to deliver differentiated therapies for women, please visit www.darebioscience.com.

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