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New Approach to Progesterone Supplementation in ART Revealed in Recently Published White Paper
Date:4/13/2009

Expert Panel: Vaginal Progesterone Preferred for Luteal Support in ART

PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Ferring Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the infertility market with the broadest portfolio of treatments in the U.S., today released a white paper titled, Recommendations on the Use of Vaginal Progesterone for Luteal-Phase Support in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Procedures. The paper was drafted after an expert panel of renowned reproductive endocrinologists from the U.S. and Europe convened in New York City on December 19, 2008 to discuss the utility of vaginal progesterone for luteal phase support during ART. After critical review and discussion of personal clinical data and experience with progesterone in ART, the experts concluded that vaginal progesterone should be the standard-of-care when considering progesterone formulations in ART and that vaginal progesterone provides improved patient comfort over intramuscular (IM) progesterone without compromising pregnancy rates.

The objective of the meeting was to reach a consensus based on physician experience regarding which progesterone formulation is preferred from a clinical and patient-acceptance perspective. The vaginal progesterone formulations that were compared with intramuscular progesterone included: Crinone(R), Prometrium(R) oral tablets, compounded vaginal suppositories and capsules, and ENDOMETRIN(R) (progesterone) Vaginal Insert 100 mg - the most recent progesterone supplement to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"The clear take-away from this expert roundtable meeting is that both physicians and patients prefer the comfort and convenience of vaginal progesterone formulations," said Alan Penzias, MD, reproductive endocrinologist and surgical director at Boston IVF. "Before vaginal progesterone formulations were introduced, IM progesterone was the standard-of-care for luteal supp
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