A 39-week oral toxicity study of ulipristal acetate in cynomolgus monkeys

Oliver Pohl, Alistair R W Williams, Christine Bergeron, Jean-Pierre Gotteland

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Ulipristal acetate (UPA) is a novel Progesterone Receptor Modulator (PRM) and registered for the pre-operative treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids during 3months. In a study which assessed the potential toxicity of UPA in female cynomolgus monkeys following daily oral administration of 1, 5, or 25mg/kg for 39weeks, UPA was well tolerated with dose-dependent macroscopic and microscopic observations limited to the uterus and oviducts. These findings were considered to be related to the pharmacological action of UPA and showed evidence of partial reversibility. Findings in the endometrium were similar to PRM-associated-endometrial-changes (PAEC) described in PRM-treated women. No adverse effects were found that would raise concerns about potential pre-malignancy. Although the translation of these findings to human is limited by the small study size and species differences, these results from animals chronically exposed to up to 150times the clinical UPA exposure are considered significant and supportive to the chronic administration of UPA for more than 3months in women of reproductive age.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
JournalRegulatory toxicology and pharmacology
Volume66
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

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