Phase II drugs currently being investigated for the treatment of hypogonadism - Abstract

Introduction: Hypogonadism is the most common endocrine disorder, which affects men of all age groups.

Recent shifts in public awareness, increased screening and recognition of symptoms and updated diagnostic criteria have led to an increase in men diagnosed as hypogonadal, including middle-aged and older men who previously would have been considered eugonadal. The increase in testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has paralleled an increase in advancements of treatment options. Although current therapies are highly efficacious for many men, there remains a need for newer therapies that are more cost-effective, preserve ease of use and administration, mitigate undesirable effects and closely mimic physiological levels of testosterone.

Areas covered: In this review, the authors discuss current TRTs and therapies in development for the treatment of hypogonadism. The focus is on therapies under Phase II investigation or those who have recently completed Phase II study.

Expert opinion: With several new therapies in development, the authors expect advancements in achieving treatment benchmarks that meet the needs of the individual symptomatic hypogonadal male. Increased public awareness of hypogonadism and TRT has led to a welcomed expansion in the choice of TRT options. These include new delivery systems, formulations, routes of administration and non-testosterone modalities.

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Udedibia E, Kaminetsky J.   Are you the author?
University Urology, Manhattan Medical Research, 215 Lexington Ave, Floor 20, New York, NY 10016, USA.  

Reference: Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2014 Aug 12:1-14.
doi: 10.1517/13543784.2014.948151

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 25113658 Androgen Deficiency Section