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Reproductive health

GCT has solid experience in gynecology, obstetrics, and reproductive health (see some examples in the table below).

Phase# Pnts# SitesCountriesIndicationSponsor
III39330RussiaMixed Bacterial Vaginosis / Vulvovaginal Candidasis InfectionsUS Pharma
III20920RussiaMixed Bacterial Vaginosis / Vulvovaginal Candidasis InfectionsUS Pharma
III60039Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Czech RepublicPre-Term BirthUS Pharma
IV1806BulgariaErectile Dysfunction and/or Low LibidoEU Pharma
II506RussiaEndometriosisUS Pharma
IV503RussiaLocally Advanced Prostate CancerNPO
II4015RussiaProstate CancerEU Pharma
IIb5113RussiaProstate CancerEU Pharma
IIb37012RussiaProstate CancerEU Pharma
I/BE4510UkraineOvarian Cancer, Fallopian Tube and Primary Peritoneal CancersUS Pharma
IV60039Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Czech RepublicPre-Term Birth (infant follow-up)US Pharma

GCT has established close relations with regional key opinion leaders. Our team worked in all main groups of pathologies in the area: inflammatory / infectious diseases; endocrine disorders; gynecologic tumor, hyperplasic and dystrophic diseases; and obstetrical pathology.

Nowadays the major players in clinical development in the area are Pfizer, Bayer, Merck, and Actavis. As per the recent CW data, at present the main indications in OB/GYN/RH investigated within international clinical research are breast cancer (47%), ovarian cancer (12%), urinary incontinence (7%), fallopian tube cancer (6%), endometriosis (7%), peritoneal cancer (5%), pregnancy (4%), uterine fibroids (3%), and others. However, there is still an unmet need in developing new drugs to treat public (like papilloma) and sexually transmissible infections (chlamydia trachomatis, gonorrhea, syphilis, candidiasis, genital herpes, HPV, AIDS, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, others), salpingitis, oophoritis, pediatric and adolescent gynecologic disorders (running up to 14 % of morbidity in Russia and CEE region). Apart from obstetrics covering prenatal care and normal labor, there is a high demand in developing therapies to treat complication of pregnancy such as nausea, trauma, diabetes/herpes simplex virus of pregnant women, preterm labor, postdates pregnancy, pulmonary artery tromboembolia, pregnancy termination, etc. Women of childbearing potential and pregnant women have been underrepresented in important clinical studies, especially in randomized controlled trials, due to the ethical issues and lack of experienced investigators and insufficient amount of specially equipped sites; at the same time the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs used during pregnancy is absolutely different and unique, that leads to adverse effects on maternal health and fetal environment and health in the situation of prevalence of off-label medicines. Additionally, today new drugs and diagnostics in reproductive endocrinology, contraception and infertility as well as menopausal medicine, including osteoporosis are essential to be developed.

In the region with the total population around 220m and with the centralized healthcare system patients’ recruitment potential, including treatment-naive subjects, is enormous, that is especially actual for late-stage international clinical research projects. The quality of clinical research data coming from Russia and CEE region is comparatively high. For example, the percentage of FDA/EMA approved drugs studied within international clinical trials placed in part in Russia is increasing (21% in 2012, 60% in 2013, 50% in 2014, and 62% in 2015). As per the EMA report, Russia is among five top-enrolling countries in clinical research worldwide. Moreover, including Russia into your clinical study, you escape the need to conduct local registration clinical studies in future and save time and costs to launch to the Russian market!

Some statistics in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Reproductive Health

Globally 40-50% of childbearing population suffers from gynecological disorders. The highest rate of complications is among pregnant women and ones in puerperium.
Inflammatory diseases of female genital organs occupy the first place (55-70 %) in the structure of gynecological diseases and may cause infertility, abdominal pregnancy, and persistent pain. Vulvit, bartholinitis, colpitis , and cervicitis usually have an infectious origin.

Arterial hypertension (AH) in pregnant in one of the most spread and dangerous conditions. In Russia AH is seen in 5-30% of pregnant and shares 12% in the structure of maternal mortality. Children of women with AH suffer from different metabolic, hormonal, cardio-vascular diseases. However, cesarean operation increases the risk of postpartum infectious complications in 5-20 times. Pulmonary artery tromboembolia remains one of the main direct causes of maternal mortality as well. Chronic stresses and poor nutrition result in pre-eclampsia which takes a leading place in the structure of maternal mortality.

The frequency of preterm birth globally is 5-10% and is not decreasing. The share of premature children accounts for 60 – 70% of cases of early neonatal mortality, 50% of neurological diseases, including cerebral spastic infantile paralysis, visual impairment (till blindness), hearing disorders (until deafness), and severe chronic lung diseases.
There is still reluctance to include pregnant women in Phase I, II, and III clinical drug trials. Women of reproductive age have been directly excluded from research due to the concern of a potential of pregnancy in this age; indirectly by creating high barriers to inclusion with serial pregnancy testing and contraceptive requirements; and by cultural and legal barriers that preclude women of reproductive age from making decisions about their care including participating in clinical trials. The consequences of this are significant as they result in drugs being used in populations they are not tested in, increasing rate of drug reaction or failure as well as preventing access to new drugs that might be lifesaving.
More than a half of women visiting gynecologists have cervical pathology. Cervix cancer is one of the key factors of women’s mortality worldwide.

Endometriosis ranks in the third place among the most common gynecological diseases after inflammatory diseases and hysteromyoma. It affects 15-50% of women of childbearing age and presents in 40-80% of infertile women.

Mastopathy, or fibrocystic disease is one of the most common dishormonal breast diseases. The frequency in the population is 30-35%, increasing to 70% in case of endocrine disorders of menstrual cycle.

Region facts

In the region there is a number of specialized associations such as the Russian Society of obstetricians-gynecologists (RSOG) joining more than 35 000 specialists in the country and being the member of the World Health Organization, European and World Associations of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO); the Association of Gynecologists-Endocrinologists in Russia; the Association of Obstetrician-Gynecologists of Ukraine, Romanian Society of Obstetric and Gynecology, and Bulgarian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology which are the members of FIGO as well.

These associations make their reasonable contribution into training and education of the doctors in gynecology, obstetrics, and reproductive health, protecting the patients’ rights, development of medical standards, introduction of the state-of-the-art technologies into medical practice, organization of scientific and educational programs, seminars and conferences focused on gynecology, obstetrics, and reproductive, international scientific information exchange, etc.

For example, in Russia a number of federal clinical guidelines have been developed by the RSOG in the main indications such as abdominal delivery, hypertensive disorders, arterial hypertension in pregnant, iron deficiency, cesarean section, endometriosis, preterm delivery and many others.

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