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DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
The dose regimen for Accretropin™ [(somatropin) for injection] should be individualized for each patient. Therapy should not be continued if epiphyseal fusion has occurred. Response to growth hormone therapy tends to decrease with time. However, failure to increase growth rate, particularly during the first year of therapy, should prompt close assessment of compliance and evaluation of other causes of growth failure such as hypothyroidism, under-nutrition and advanced bone age.
Growth hormone deficiency - The recommended weekly dose is 0.18 mg/kg body weight to 0.3 mg/kg (0.90 IU/kg) body weight. The dose should be divided into equal daily doses given 6 or 7 times per week subcutaneously.
Turner Syndrome - The recommended weekly dose is 0.36 mg/kg of body weight. The dose should be divided into equal daily doses given 6 or 7 times per week subcutaneously.
Accretropin™ (somatropin injection) should not be injected intravenously.
Administration - the vial should be swirled with a GENTLE rotary motion. DO NOT SHAKE. The solution should be inspected for clarity. It should be clear. If the solution is cloudy or contains particles, the contents MUST NOT be injected.
Vials of Accretropin™ (somatropin injection) Injection should be stored in the refrigerator [2° to 8°C (36° to 46°F)]. Avoid freezing and shaking. Expiration dates are stated on the vial and carton labels. Do not use after expiration date. Once opened, Accretropin™ (somatropin injection) may be stored up to 14 days when refrigerated [2° to 8°C (36° to 46°F)]. Discard 14 days after first use. Protect from light.
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Manufactured by: Cangene Corporation, Winnipeg, Canada R3T 5Y3. March 2007. FDA Rev date: 1/23/2008
Last reviewed on RxList: 2/8/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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