Somatrogon in paediatric growth hormone deficiency: a profile of its use in the EU
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Somatrogon (NGENLA®), a modified long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH), is a valuable new option for the treatment of paediatric patients aged ≥ 3 years with growth disturbance due to insufficient GH secretion in the EU, and offers the convenience of once-weekly administration. In a phase 3 randomized trial, once-weekly somatrogon was non-inferior to once-daily somatropin (rhGH; standard therapy) in increasing height velocity in paediatric patients with GH deficiency (GHD). Once-weekly somatrogon was associated with a lower treatment burden than once-daily somatropin in another phase 3 randomized trial. Somatrogon is generally well tolerated, with injection site pain being the most frequent treatment-emergent adverse event. Somatrogon is available as a multi-dose prefilled pen for subcutaneous injection.
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