What is Humatrope (somatropin for injection)?
Humatrope is a man-made form of human growth hormone. It was first approved in 1987 to treat children who are growing slowly because they do not make enough growth hormone on their own.
Humatrope is available in 6 mg, 12 mg, and 24 mg cartridges for use in a HumatroPen® injection device. Humatrope is also available in vials for use with a syringe and needle.
Who is Humatrope for?
Humatrope is used to treat children who are short or growing slowly because they:
- Do not make enough growth hormone on their own
- Have Turner Syndrome
- Have idiopathic short stature, which means they are shorter than 98.8% of other children of the same age and sex, are growing at a rate not likely to allow them to reach normal adult height, and for whom no other cause of short stature can be found
- Have SHOX deficiency
- Were born smaller than normal for the number of weeks of pregnancy and do not catch up in height by 2 to 4 years of age
Humatrope is used to treat adults who have growth hormone deficiency that began either in:
- Adulthood (as a result of pituitary disease, hypothalamic disease, surgery, radiation therapy, or trauma); or
- Childhood. Patients treated for growth hormone deficiency in childhood whose bones have stopped growing should be reevaluated to determine if they should continue growth hormone