Comparative phase I randomized open-label pilot clinical trial of Gynophilus® (Lcr regenerans®) immediate release capsules versus slow release muco-adhesive tablets
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
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AbstractGynophilus® (Lcr regenerans®) is a live biotherapeutic product (LBP) that contains the live biotherapeutic microorganism Lactobacillus rhamnosus Lcr35®, which is indicated to restore vaginal health. The aim of the study was to compare the safety, ease of use, and compliance of two formulations (immediate release: IR capsule and slow release: SR muco-adhesive tablets) as well as the colonization of Lcr35® in healthy women. This phase I study (Comprigel) is a parallel, randomized, 4-arm, and open-label clinical trial evaluating an IR daily capsule formulation vs. a SR tablet administered every 3, 4, or 5 days for 21 days. Self-collected vaginal swabs were used to quantify Lcr35® and characterize the composition and structure of the vaginal microbiota. Both LBPs were well-tolerated, and no severe adverse effects were reported. All groups had Lcr35® vaginal concentrations over 107 colony forming unit per milliliter of vaginal secretion on each day in the study. The new Gynophilus® slow release tablets administered either every 3, 4, or 5 days provided vaginal concentrations that were not significantly different from those of classic Gynophilus® (capsule) once-a-day regimen. The LBPs and the different regimens did not adversely influence the abundance of native Lactobacillus spp. and indeed tended to favor their growth and reduce colonization by non-Lactobacillus spp. This study illustrates that the SR muco-adhesive LBP tablet (Gynophilus® SR) administered every 3 or 4 days as a safe, well-tolerated, and efficacious alternative to a more demanding IR daily capsule and could protect women’s healthy vaginal microbiome by promoting endogenous Lactobacillus spp. Copyright 2018, The Author(s).
SponsorsThis pilot CompriGel study was supported by BIOSE.
Live biotherapeutic product
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