Bioequivalence Study Comparing Single Dose of Ferrinemia® Injection With a Single Dose of Venofer® Injection in Healthy Male Volunteers


Azad Pharma

Status and phase

Phase 1


Heathy Volunteers


Drug: Venofer
Drug: Ferrinemia

Study type


Funder types



2016-003602-14 (EudraCT Number)

Details and patient eligibility


The aim of this pharmacokinetic study is to assess the bioequivalence of the generic Ferrinemia® Iron Sucrose injection solution 20 mg/mL manufactured by Help S.A., Greece (test product), to Venofer® Iron Sucrose injection solution 20 mg/mL manufactured by Vifor AG, Switzerland (reference product). Both formulations contain iron as an active ingredient. Intravenous iron sucrose is primarily indicated for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adult patients.


48 patients




18 to 45 years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Male healthy volunteers within the age range of 18 to 45 years (both inclusive)
  • Comprehension of the nature and purpose of the study and willingness to comply with the requirements of the entire procedure
  • Subjects of good health based on previous medical history, physical examination, vital signs, electrocardiogram (ECG), and clinical laboratory tests assessed at the time of screening
  • Ferritin levels ≥ 30 µg/l
  • Transferrin ≥ 200 mg/dl
  • Hemoglobin levels ≥ 13.5 g/dl

Exclusion criteria

  • Subjects with a BMI of < 19 kg/m2 and > 30 kg/m2
  • History of iron deficiency within six months prior screening
  • History of anemia within 1 year prior screening
  • Presence of iron overload or disturbances in utilization of iron
  • History or evidence of allergy or hypersensitivity to the active substance Iron Sucrose of both test and reference product, the finished test and reference product or any of its excipients (water for injection, sodium hydroxide)
  • Hypersensitivity to other parenteral iron products
  • Use of iron supplements or iron containing herbal or nutritional supplements within last three months prior to start of the study
  • History of difficulty with donating blood or difficulty in accessibility of veins in left and right arm
  • Donation of blood (one unit or 350 mL) within last three months prior first dose administration of the study drug
  • Evidence of an active or suspected cancer, or a history of malignancy within the last 2 years, with the exception of patients with basal cell carcinoma that has been excised and cured
  • History of any systemic anti-neoplastic or immunomodulatory treatment (including supraphysiologic doses of steroids and radiation) 6 months prior to the first dose of study drug or the expectation that such treatment will be needed at any time during the study
  • History of bleeding disorders or anticoagulant use
  • History or other evidence of chronic pulmonary or cardiovascular disease associated with functional limitation
  • History of uncontrolled severe seizure disorder
  • Any signs of acute infection or inflammation
  • History or other evidence of severe illness, or any other condition which would make the subject in the opinion of the investigator, unsuitable for the study.
  • Any clinically significant abnormal laboratory values on the laboratory evaluations, medical history or physical examination at the screening
  • Positive HIV/HBV/HCV serology tests at the time of the screening visit
  • Abnormal 12-lead ECG at the time of screening that is considered to be clinically significant
  • History or presence of severe or medical treated allergies or immune or inflammatory conditions (eg. systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • History of atopic allergy associated with severe asthma
  • Recent history or ongoing kidney or liver dysfunction
  • Any other major illness in last three months or any significant ongoing chronic medical illness
  • Subjects who regularly use more than 2 units of alcohol per day (one unit of alcohol equals ½ liter of beer, 200 mL wine or 50 mL of spirits) or there is evidence of Cocaine, Amphetamines, Methformin, THC, Methadone, MDMA, Morphine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines and Tricyclic antidepressants in urine at the screening)
  • Heavy smokers (> 10 cigarettes/day) in the last three months prior to start of the study
  • Any concomitant medication (except paracetamol) within the last two weeks, including over-the-counter and herbal products, prior to receiving the dose of study medication
  • Participation in any clinical trial within last one months
  • Subjects who are considered by the investigator to be non-compliant or unlikely to complete the study

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Crossover Assignment


None (Open label)

48 participants in 2 patient groups

Test product
Experimental group
Iron sucrose injection solution 100mg (5 mL single dose vial 20mg/mL elemental iron as iron sucrose for injection).
Drug: Ferrinemia
Reference product
Active Comparator group
Iron sucrose injection solution 100mg (5 mL single dose ampoule 20mg/mL elemental iron as iron sucrose for injection).
Drug: Venofer

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