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Brand name: Humatrope

Humatrope is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) somatropin. On this page you will find out more about Humatrope, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: somatropin

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Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Humatrope (1 x 24 mg cartridge, 1 x 3.15 mL inert diluent syringe), 1 pack

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

HUMATROPE is indicated for the long-term treatment of children who have growth failure due to inadequate secretion of normal endogenous growth hormone.,HUMATROPE is also indicated for the treatment of growth disturbances associated with gonadal dysgenesis (Turner syndrome).,HUMATROPE is also indicated for the treatment of adults with severe growth hormone deficiency defined as patients with known hypothalamic-pituitary pathology and at least one known deficiency of a pituitary hormone not being prolactin. These patients should undergo a single dynamic test in order to diagnose or exclude a growth deficiency. In patients with childhood onset isolated GH deficiency (no evidence of hypothalamic-pituitary disease or cranal irradiation), two dynamic tests should be recommended, except for those having low IGF-I concentrations less than or equal to 2 SDS who may be considered for one test. The cut-off point of the dynamic test should be strict.,HUMATROPE is also indicated for the treatment of growth retardation in prepubertal children with chronic renal insufficiency whose height is on or less than the twenty-fifth percentile and whose growth velocity is on or less than the twenty-fifth percentile for bone age. Chronic renal insufficiency is defined as glomerular filtration rate of less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m2.,HUMATROPE is also indicated for the treatment of growth failure in children born small for gestational age (SGA) who fail to demonstrate catch-up growth by age two to four years (see CLINICAL TRIALS).

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Medicine schedule
1 cartridge of powder - 72IU (24mg): Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
1 syringe with diluent 3.15mL: Not scheduled. Not considered by committee
Part 1
Part 1
Visual appearance Clear liquid.
Dosage Form Injection, solution
Route of administration Intramuscular
Part 2
Part 2
Visual appearance White or almost white powder.
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Intramuscular

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Cartridge
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Refrigerate,Do not Freeze
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 March 2018

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