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Premique Low Dose 0.3mg/1.5mg Modified Release Tablets

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1. Name of the medicinal product

Premique Low Dose 0.3mg/1.5mg modified release tablets

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Premique Low Dose 0.3 mg/1.5 mg modified release tablets are for oral administration containing conjugated estrogens 0.3 mg and medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) 1.5 mg.

Conjugated estrogens contain the sodium sulphate conjugates of estrone, equilin, 17α-dihydroequilin, 17α-estradiol, 17β-dihydroequilin, 17α-dihydroequilenin, 17β-dihydroequilenin, equilenin, 17β-estradiol and Δ8,9-dehydro-estrone.

For excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Modified release tablet.

Cream oval biconvex sugar coated tablet marked 'W 0.3/1.5' in black ink.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Hormone replacement therapy for estrogen deficiency symptoms in postmenopausal women with an intact uterus.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Premique Low Dose is taken orally in a continuous combined 28-day regimen of one tablet daily with no break between packs.

In women who are not taking hormone replacement therapy or women who switch from another continuous combined hormone replacement therapy product, treatment may be started on any convenient day. In women transferring from a sequential hormone replacement therapy regimen, treatment should begin the day following completion of the prior regimen.

For treatment of postmenopausal symptoms: Take one tablet per day.

Breakthrough bleeding and spotting may occur in the early stages of Premique Low Dose therapy. If breakthrough bleeding persists and endometrial abnormality has been ruled out, a higher dose of treatment or cyclic therapy should be considered as an alternative.

The lowest dose and regimen that will control symptoms should be chosen.

Maintenance/Continuation/Extended treatment

For initiation and continuation of treatment of postmenopausal symptoms, the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration (see also Section 4.4 Special warnings and special precautions for use) should be used. Patients should be re-evaluated periodically to determine if treatment for symptoms is still necessary.

The benefits of the lower risk of endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer due to adding a progestogen should be weighed against the increased risk of breast cancer (see section 4.4 Special warnings and special precautions for use and section 4.8 Undesirable effects)

Forgotten tablet: If a tablet is forgotten, it should be taken as soon as the patient remembers, therapy should then be continued as before. If more than one tablet has been forgotten only the most recent tablet should be taken, the patient should not take double the usual dose to make up for missed tablets.

Missed pills may cause breakthrough bleeding.


There are no special dosage requirements for elderly patients, but, as with all medicines, the lowest effective dose should be used.


Not recommended

4.3 Contraindications

1. Known, past or suspected breast cancer.

2. Known or suspected estrogen-dependent malignant tumours (e.g. endometrial cancer)

3. Undiagnosed genital bleeding.

4. Untreated endometrial hyperplasia

5. Previous or current venous thromboembolism (e.g. deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism)

6. Known thrombophilic disorders (e.g. protein C, protein S, or antithrombin deficiency, see section 4.4)

7. Active or recent arterial thromboembolic disease (e.g. angina, myocardial infarction)

8. Acute liver disease or history of liver disease where the liver function tests have failed to return to normal.

9. Known hypersensitivity to the active substances or to any of the excipients of Premique Low Dose tablets.

10. Porphyria

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

For the treatment of postmenopausal symptoms, HRT should only be initiated for symptoms that adversely affect the quality of life. In all cases, a careful appraisal of the risks and benefits should be undertaken at least annually and HRT should only be continues as long as the benefit outweighs the risk.

Medical examination/Follow up

Before initiating or reinstituting HRT, a complete personal and family medical history should be taken. Physical (including pelvic and breast) examination should be guided by the contraindications and warnings for use. During treatment, periodic check-ups are recommended of a frequency and nature adapted to the individual woman. Women should be advised what changes in their breasts should be reported to their doctor or nurse (see 'Breast Cancer' below). Investigations, including mammography, should be carried out in accordance with currently accepted screening practices, modified to the clinical needs of the individual.

Conditions that need supervision

If any of the following conditions are present, have occurred previously, and/or have been aggravated during pregnancy or previous hormone treatment, the patient should be closely supervised. It should be taken into account that these conditions may recur or be aggravated during treatment with Premique Low Dose, in particular:

− Leiomyoma (uterine fibroids) or endometriosis

− A family history of, or other risk factors for, thromboembolic disorders (see below)

− Risk factors for estrogen dependent tumours (e.g. 1st degree heredity for breast cancer)

− Hypertension

− Liver disorders (e.g. liver adenoma)

− Diabetes mellitus with or without vascular involvement

− Cholelithiasis

− Migraine or (severe) headaches

− Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

− A history of endometrial hyperplasia (see below)

− Epilepsy

− Asthma

− Otosclerosis

Reasons for immediate withdrawal of therapy

Therapy should be discontinued if a contra-indication is discovered and in the following situations:

− Jaundice or deterioration in liver function

− Significant increase in blood pressure

− New onset of migraine-type headache

− Pregnancy

Endometrial Hyperplasia

The risk of endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma is increased when estrogens are administered alone for prolonged periods (see section 4.8 Undesirable effects). The addition of a progestogen for at least 12 days of the cycle in non-hysterectomised women greatly reduces this risk. Unless there is a previous diagnosis of endometriosis it is not recommended to add a progestogen in hysterectomised women.

The reduction in risk to the endometrium should be weighed against the increase in the risk of breast cancer of added progestogen (see 'Breast Cancer' below and section 4.8 Undesirable effects).

Break-through bleeding and spotting may occur during the first months of treatment. If break-through bleeding or spotting appears after some time on therapy, or continues after treatment has been discontinued, the reason should be investigated, which may include endometrial biopsy to exclude endometrial malignancy.

Breast Cancer

A randomised controlled trial, the Women's Health Initiative study (WHI), and epidemiological studies, including the Million Women Study (MWS), have reported an increased risk of breast cancer in women taking estrogens, estrogen-progestogen combinations or tibolone for HRT for several years (see Section 4.8 Undesirable effects). For all HRT, an excess risk becomes apparent within a few years of use and increases with the duration of intake but returns to baseline within a few (at most five) years after stopping treatment.

In the MWS, the relative risk of breast cancer with conjugated equine estrogens (CEE) or estradiol (E2) was greater when a progestogen was added, either sequentially or continuously, and regardless of type of progestogen. There was no evidence of a difference in risk between the different routes of administration.

In the WHI study, the continuous combined conjugated equine estrogen and medroxyprogesterone acetate (CEE + MPA) product used was associated with breast cancers that were slightly larger in size and more frequently had local lymph node metastases compared to placebo.

HRT, especially estrogen-progestogen combined treatment, increases the density of mammographic images which may adversely affect the radiological detection of breast cancer.

Venous thromboembolism

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with a higher relative risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) i.e. deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. One randomised controlled trial and epidemiological studies found a two to threefold higher risk for users compared with non-users. For non- users it is estimated that the number of cases of VTE that will occur over a 5-year period is about 3 per 1000 women aged 50-59 years and 8 per 1000 women aged between 60-69 years. It is estimated that in healthy women who use HRT for 5 years, the number of additional cases of VTE over a 5-year period will be between 2 and 6 (best estimate 4) per 1000 women aged 50-59 years and between 5 and 15 (best estimate = 9) per 1000 women aged 60-69 years. The occurrence of such an event is more likely in the first year of HRT than later.

Generally recognised risk factors for VTE include a personal or family history and severe obesity (Body Mass Index >30 kg/m2) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). There is no consensus about the possible role of varicose veins in VTE.

Patients with a history of VTE or known thrombophilic states have an increased risk of VTE. HRT may add to this risk. Personal or strong family history of thromboembolism or recurrent spontaneous abortion should be investigated in order to exclude a thrombophilic predisposition. Until a thorough evaluation of thrombophilic factors has been made or anticoagulant treatment initiated, use of HRT in such patients should be viewed as contraindicated. Those women already on anticoagulant treatment require careful consideration of the benefit-risk of use of HRT.

The risk of VTE may be temporarily increased with prolonged immobilisation, major trauma or major surgery. As in all postoperative patients scrupulous attention should be given to prophylactic measures to prevent VTE following surgery. Where prolonged immobilisation is liable to follow elective surgery, particularly abdominal or orthopaedic surgery to the lower limbs, consideration should be given to temporarily stopping HRT 4-6 weeks earlier, if this is possible. Treatment should not be restarted until the woman is completely mobilised.

If venous thromboembolism develops after initiating therapy the drug should be discontinued. Patients should be told to contact their doctors immediately when they are aware of potential thromboembolic symptoms (e.g. painful swelling of a leg, sudden pain in the chest, dyspnoea).

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

There is no evidence from randomised controlled trials of cardiovascular benefit with continuous combined conjugated estrogens and MPA. Two large clinical trials (WHII and HERS i.e. Heart and Estrogen/progestin Replacement Study) showed a possible increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity in the first year of use and no overall benefit. For other HRT products, there are only limited data randomised controlled trials examining effects in cardiovascular morbidity or mortality. Therefore, it is uncertain whether these findings also extend to other HRT products.


One large randomised clinical trial (WHI-trial) found, as a secondary outcome, an increased risk of ischaemic stroke in healthy women during treatment with continuous combined conjugated estrogens and MPA. For women who do not use HRT, it is estimated that the number of cases of stroke that will occur over a 5 year period is about 3 per 1000 women aged 50-59 years and 11 per 1000 women aged 60-69 years. It is estimated that for women who use conjugated estrogens and MPA for 5 years, the number of additional cases will be between 0 and 3 (best estimate =1) per 1000 users aged 50-59 years and between 1 and 9 (best estimate = 4) per 1000 users aged 60-69 years. It is unknown whether the increased risk also extends to other HRT products.

Ovarian Cancer

Long term (at least 5 –10 years) use of estrogen-only HRT products in hysterectomised women has been associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer in some epidemiological studies. It is uncertain whether long-term use of combined HRT confers different risk than estrogen-only products.

Other Conditions

• Estrogens/progestogens may cause fluid retention and therefore patients with cardiac or renal dysfunction should be carefully observed. Patients with terminal renal insufficiency should be closely observed, since it is expected that the level of circulating active ingredients in Premique Low Dose is increased.

• The use of estrogen may influence the laboratory results of certain endocrine tests and liver enzymes.

Estrogens increase thyroid binding globulin (TBG), leading to increased circulating total thyroid hormone, as measured by protein-bound iodine (PBI), T4 levels (by column or by radio-immunoassay) or T3 levels (by radio-immunoassay). T3 resin uptake is decreased, reflecting the elevated TBG. Free T4 and free T3 concentrations are usually unaltered.

Other binding proteins may be elevated in serum, i.e. corticoid binding globulin (CBG), sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) leading to increased circulating corticosteroids and sex steroids, respectively. Free or biologically active hormone concentrations are usually unchanged. Other plasma proteins may be increased (angiotensinogen/renin substrate, alpha-I-antitrypsin, ceruloplasmin).

Some patients dependent on thyroid hormone replacement therapy may require increased doses in order to maintain their free thyroid hormone levels in an acceptable range. Therefore, patients should have their thyroid function monitored more frequently when commencing concurrent treatment in order to maintain their free thyroid hormone levels in an acceptable range.

• There is an increase in the risk of gallbladder disease in women receiving HRT (see conditions that need supervision)

• A worsening of glucose tolerance may occur in some patients on estrogen/progestogen therapy and therefore diabetic patients should be carefully observed while receiving hormone replacement therapy.

This product contains lactose and sucrose. Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency should not take this medicine.

• Women with pre-existing hypertriglyceridemia should be followed closely during estrogen replacement or hormone replacement therapy, since rare cases of large increases of plasma triglycerides leading to pancreatitis have been reported with estrogen therapy in this condition.

• Estrogens should be used with caution in individuals with severe hypocalcaemia

• There is no conclusive evidence for improvement of cognitive function. There is some evidence from the WHI trial of increased risk of probable dementia in women who start using continuous combined CEE and MPA after the age of 65. It is unknown whether the findings apply to younger post-menopausal women or other HRT products.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

The metabolism of estrogens and progestogens may be increased by concomitant use of substances known to induce drug-metabolising enzymes, specifically cytochrome P450 enzymes, such as anticonvulsants (e.g. phenobarbital, phenytoin, carbamazepine) and anti-infectives (e.g. rifampicin, rifabutin, nevirapine, efavirenz).

Ritonavir and nelfinavir, although known as strong inhibitors, by contrast exhibit inducing properties when used concomitantly with steroid hormones.

Herbal preparations containing St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) may induce the metabolism of estrogens and progestogens.

Clinically, an increased metabolism of estrogens and progestogens may lead to decreased effect and changes in the uterine bleeding profile.

The response to metyrapone may be reduced.

Aminogluthimide administered concomitantly with MPA may significantly depress the bioavailiablity of MPA.

4.6 Pregnancy and lactation


Premique Low Dose is not indicated during pregnancy. If pregnancy occurs during medication with Premique Low Dose treatment should be withdrawn immediately.

Clinically, data on a limited number of exposed pregnancies indicate no adverse effects of MPA on the foetus.

The results of most epidemiological studies to date relevant to inadvertent foetal exposure to combinations of estrogens and progestogens indicate no teratogenic or foetotoxic effect.


Premique Low Dose is not indicated during lactation.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Premique Low Dose should not affect the ability to drive or use machinery.

4.8 Undesirable effects

See also Section 4.4 Special warnings and special precautions for use.

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs)

The adverse reactions listed in the table are based on post-marketing spontaneous (reporting rate), clinical trials and class-effects. Breast pain is a very common adverse event reported in ≥ 10% of patients.

System Organ Class

Very Common ADRs

( >1/10)

Common ADRs

( >1/100, < 1/10)

Uncommon ADRs

( >1/1000, <1/100)

Rare ADRs

( >1/10000, <1/1000)

Very Rare ADRs

( <1/10000), isolated reports

Infections and infestations



Vaginal candidiasis


Neoplasms benign and malignant (including cysts and polyps)


Fibrocystic breast changes

Ovarian cancer

Enlargement of hepatic hemangiomas

Immune system disorders


Anaphylactic/ anaphylactoid reactions, including urticaria and angioedema


Metabolism and nutrition disorders


Glucose intolerance

Exacerbation of porphyria;


Psychiatric disorders



Changes in libido; Mood disturbances



Nervous system disorders


Dizziness; Headache; Migraine; Anxiety

Stroke; Exacerbation of epilepsy

Exacerbation of chorea

Eye disorders


Intolerance to contact lenses


Retinal vascular thrombosis

Cardiac disorders


Myocardial infarction


Vascular disorders


Pulmonary embolism

Superficial thrombophlebitis


Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders


Exacerbation of asthma


Gastrointestinal disorders


Nausea; Bloating; Abdominal pain

Vomiting; Pancreatitis


Hepatobiliary disorders


Gallbladder disease


Cholestatic jaundice

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders


Alopecia; acne; Pruritis

Chloasma/melasma; Hirsutism; Pruritus; Rash


Musculoskeletal, connective tissue and bone disorders


Arthralgias; Leg cramps


Reproductive system & breast disorders

Breast pain

Breakthrough bleeding/spotting dysmenorrhea, breast, tenderness, enlargement, discharge

Change in menstrual flow; Change in cervical ectropion and secretion

Galactorrhoea; Increased size of uterine leiomyomata


General disorders and administration site conditions






Changes in weight (increase or decrease) Increased triglycerides


Increase in blood pressure

Breast cancer

According to evidence from a large number of epidemiological studies and one randomised placebo-controlled trial, the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), the overall risk of breast cancer increases with increasing duration of HRT use in current or recent HRT users.

For estrogen-only HRT, estimates of relative risk (RR) from a reanalysis of original data from 51 epidemiological studies (in which >80% of HRT use was estrogen-only HRT) and from the epidemiological Million Women Study (MWS) are similar at 1.35 (95%CI 1.21 – 1.49) and 1.30 (95%CI 1.21 – 1.40), respectively.

For estrogen plus progestogen combined HRT, several epidemiological studies have reported an overall higher risk for breast cancer than with estrogens alone.

The MWS reported that, compared to never users, the use of various types of estrogen-progestogen combined HRT was associated with a higher risk of breast cancer (RR = 2.00, 95%CI: 1.88 – 2.12) than use of estrogens alone (RR = 1.30, 95%CI: 1.21 – 1.40) or use of tibolone (RR=1.45; 95%CI 1.25-1.68).

The WHI trial reported a risk estimate of 1.24 (95%CI 1.01 – 1.54) after 5.6 years of use of estrogen-progestogen combined HRT (CEE + MPA) in all users compared with placebo.

The absolute risks calculated from the MWS and the WHI trial are presented below:

The MWS has estimated, from the known average incidence of breast cancer in developed countries, that:

• For women not using HRT, about 32 in every 1000 are expected to have breast cancer diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 64 years.

• For 1000 current or recent users of HRT, the number of additional cases during the corresponding period will be


• For users of estrogen-only replacement therapy



o between 0 and 3 (best estimate = 1.5) for 5 years' use



o between 3 and 7 (best estimate = 5) for 10 years' use.



• For users of estrogen plus progestogen combined HRT



o between 5 and 7 (best estimate = 6) for 5 years' use



o between 18 and 20 (best estimate = 19) for 10 years' use.


The WHI trial estimated that after 5.6 years of follow-up of women between the ages of 50 and 79 years, an additional 8 cases of invasive breast cancer would be due to estrogen-progestogen combined HRT (CEE + MPA) per 10,000 women years.

According to calculations from the trial data, it is estimated that:

• For 1000 women in the placebo group.

o About 16 cases of invasive breast cancer would be diagnosed in 5 years.

• For 1000 women who used estrogen plus progestogen combined HRT (CEE + MPA), the number of additional cases would be

o Between 0 and 9 (best estimate = 4) for 5 years' use.

The number of additional cases of breast cancer in women who use HRT is broadly similar for women who start HRT irrespective of age at start of use (between the ages of 45-65) (see section 4.4 Special warnings and special precautions for use).

Endometrial Cancer

In women with an intact uterus, the risk of endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer increases with increasing duration of use of unopposed estrogens. According to data from epidemiological studies, the best estimate of the risk is that for women not using HRT, about 5 in every 1000 are expected to have endometrial cancer diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 65. Depending on the duration of treatment and estrogen dose, the reported increase in endometrial cancer risk among unopposed estrogen users varies from 2-to 12-fold greater compared with non-users. Adding a progestogen to estrogen-only therapy greatly reduces this increased risk.

Other adverse reactions reported in association with estrogen/progestogen treatment including Premique:

• Estrogen-dependent neoplasms benign and malignant, e.g. endometrial hyperplasia, endometrial cancer

• Venous thromboembolism, i.e. deep leg or pelvic venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, is more frequent among hormone replacement therapy users than among non-users. For further information, see section 4.3 Contra-indications and 4.4 Special Warnings and Precautions for Use.

• Myocardial infarction

• Stroke

• Skin and subcutaneous disorders: erythema multiforme, erythema nodosum, vascular purpura

• Probable dementia (see section 4.4 Special warnings and special precautions for use)

• Exacerbation of otosclerosis

4.9 Overdose

Symptoms of overdosage of estrogen-containing products in adults and children may include nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, dizziness, abdominal pain, drowsiness/fatigue and withdrawal bleeding may occur in females. There is no specific antidote, and further treatment should be symptomatic.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

ATC Code: GO3F A12 (Medroxyprogesterone & estrogen)

Conjugated Estrogens

The active ingredients are primarily the sulphate esters of estrone, equilin sulphates, 17α‑estradiol and 17β‑estradiol. These substitute for the loss of estrogen production in menopausal women, and alleviate menopausal symptoms.


As estrogens promote the growth of the endometrium, unopposed estrogens increase the risk of endometrial hyperplasia and cancer. The addition of a progestogen reduces but does not eliminate the estrogen-induced risk of endometrial hyperplasia in non-hysterectomised women.

Relief of estrogen-deficiency symptoms

In a 1-year clinical trial (n=2,808), vasomotor symptoms were assessed for efficacy during the first 12 weeks of treatment in a subset of symptomatic women (n=241) who had at least 7 moderate or severe hot flushes daily or 50 moderate to severe hot flushes during the week before randomisation. Premique 0.625mg/2.5mg (conjugated estrogens/medroxyprogesterone acetate) was shown to be statistically better than placebo at weeks 4, 8 and 12 for relief of both frequency and severity of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms.

In two clinical trials, the incidence of amenorrhoea (no bleeding or spotting) increased over time in women treated with Premique 0.625 mg/2.5 mg. Amenorrhoea was seen in 68% of women at cycle 6 and 77% of women at cycle 12. Breakthrough bleeding and/or spotting appeared in 48% during the first 3 months, and in 24% of women during months 10-12 of treatment.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties


Conjugated estrogens are soluble in water and are well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract after release from the drug formulation. However Premique Low Dose contains a formulation of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) that is immediately released and conjugated estrogens that are slowly released over several hours. MPA is well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Table 1 summarises the mean pharmacokinetic parameters for unconjugated and conjugated estrogens, and medroxyprogesterone acetate following administration of 2 Premique Low Dose 0.3 /1.5 mg and 2 Premique Low Dose 0.45/1.5 mg tablets to healthy postmenopausal women.


The distribution of exogenous estrogens is similar to that of endogenous estrogens. Estrogens are widely distributed in the body and are generally found in higher concentrations in the sex hormone target organs. Estrogens circulate in the blood largely bound to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and albumin. MPA is approximately 90% bound to plasma proteins but does not bind to SHBG.


Exogenous estrogens are metabolised in the same manner as endogenous estrogens. Circulating estrogens exist in a dynamic equilibrium of metabolic interconversions. These transformations take place mainly in the liver. Estradiol is converted reversibly to estrone, and both can be converted to estriol, which is the major urinary metabolite. Estrogens also undergo enterohepatic recirculation via sulphate and glucuronide conjugation in the liver, biliary secretion of conjugates into the intestine, and hydrolysis in the gut followed by reabsorption. In postmenopausal women a significant proportion of the circulating estrogens exists as sulphate conjugates, especially estrone sulphate, which serves as a circulating reservoir for the formation of more active estrogens. Metabolism and elimination of MPA occur primarily in the liver via hydroxylation, with subsequent conjugation and elimination in the urine.


Estradiol, estrone and estriol are excreted in the urine along with glucuronide and sulphate conjugates. Most metabolites of MPA are extracted as glucuronide conjugates with only minor amounts secreted as sulphates.

Table 1 – Pharmacokinetic parameters for Premique Low Dose


2 x 0.3 mg CE/1.5 mg MPA Combination


2 x 0.45 mg CE/1.5 mg MPA Combination


PK Parameter

Arithmetic Mean (%CV)

















Unconjugated Estrogens





















































PK Parameter

Arithmetic Mean (%CV)

















Conjugated Estrogens


Total Estrone

















BA*- Total Estrone

















Total Equilin

















PK Parameter

Arithmetic Mean (%CV)

















Medroxyprogesterone acetate



















BA* = Baseline adjusted

Cmax = peak plasma concentration

tmax = time peak concentration occurs

t1/2 = apparent terminal-phase disposition half life (0.693/λz)

AUC = total area under the concentration-time curve

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Long-term continuous administration of natural and synthetic estrogens in certain animal species increases the frequency of carcinomas of the breast, cervix, vagina and liver.

In a two-year oral study in which female rats were exposed to MPA dosages of up to 5000μg/kg/day in their diets (50 times higher - based on AUC values - than the level observed in women taking 10mg of MPA), a dose-related increase in pancreatic islet cell tumours (adenomas and carcinomas) occurred. Pancreatic tumour incidence was increased at 1000 and 5000μg/kg/day, but not at 200μg/kg/day.

The cortisol activity of MPA at these high doses is thought to increase serum glucose in rats which reactively stimulates the beta cells of the pancreatic islets to produce insulin. This repeated stimulation is thought to cause the tumours in rats. Similar lesions are not likely to occur in humans since the endocrine system of rats is more sensitive to hormones than that of women. When MPA is combined with estrogen, MPA binds to fewer glucocorticosteriod receptors and thus has less effect on plasma glucose. In humans, the diabetogenic response to MPA at therapeutic doses is slight. Moreover, an extensive literature search revealed no evidence that MPA causes pancreatic tumours in humans.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Tablet core:

Lactose monohydrate


Magnesium stearate

Calcium phosphate

Tablet coating:


Glyceryl mono-oleate


Calcium sulphate

Microcrystalline cellulose


Titanium dioxide (E171)


Carnauba wax

Yellow Ferric Oxide (E172)

Printing on tablet:

Black Tek Print SW-9008 (shellac, propylene glycol, black iron oxide (E172) and potassium hydroxide).

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

24 months.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25°C. Keep blister in the outer carton to protect from light.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Polyvinylchloride (PVC)/Aluminium foil blister pack of 28 tablets. Each carton contains 28 tablets (1 blister pack) or 84 tablets (3 blister packs).

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Not applicable.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Pfizer Limited

Ramsgate Road



CT13 9NJ

United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 00057/1288

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

14th September 2011

10. Date of revision of the text

September 2011

Ref: PQ 3_1

Company contact details

Pfizer Limited

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Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9NJ


+44 (0)1304 656 221


+44 (0)1304 616 161

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Active ingredients

medroxyprogesterone acetate, oestrogens, conjugated

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