NGENLA—a once-weekly pediatric growth hormone (GH) option for patients aged 3 years and older1,*,†
NGENLA—a once-weekly pediatric growth hormone (GH) option for patients aged 3 years and older1,*,†About NGENLALoadingNGENLA—a once-weekly pediatric growth hormone (GH) option for patients aged 3 years and older1,*,†About NGENLALoadingFor the treatment of pediatric patients aged 3 years and older who have growth failure due to an inadequate secretion of endogenous GH.1Growth in the range similar to daily GH based on comparable annualized height velocity (AHV) in a phase 3, randomized, multicenter, open-label, active-controlled, parallel-group, noninferiority study (N=224).2 Efficacy
Height outcomes comparable to a daily GH with fewer injections.1
View height outcomesLoading Safety Demonstrated an adverse event profile similar to daily GENOTROPIN® (somatropin).1View safety dataLoading Dosing
Once-weekly administration with a multidose, prefilled pen.1
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INDICATION NGENLA is indicated for the treatment of pediatric patients aged 3 years and older who have growth failure due to an inadequate secretion of endogenous growth hormone.
Important Safety InformationCONTRAINDICATIONS
Somatrogon is contraindicated in patients with acute critical illness after open heart surgery, abdominal surgery or multiple accidental trauma, or those with acute respiratory failure due to the risk of increased mortality with growth hormones.
NGENLA is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to somatrogon or any of its excipients.
Somatrogon is contraindicated in patients with closed epiphyses.
Somatrogon is contraindicated in patients with active malignancy due to the risk of malignancy progression.
Somatrogon is contraindicated in patients with active proliferative or severe non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy.
Somatrogon is contraindicated in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome who are severely obese, have a history of upper airway obstruction or sleep apnea, or have severe respiratory impairment due to the risk of sudden death.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Increased mortality in patients with acute critical illness due to complications following open heart surgery, abdominal surgery, or multiple accidental trauma, or those with acute respiratory failure has been reported with somatropin. The safety of continuing NGENLA treatment for the approved indication who concurrently develop these illnesses has not been established.
Severe systemic hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylactic reactions and angioedema have been reported with somatropin. Inform patients and caregivers that such reactions are possible and that prompt medical attention should be sought if allergic reaction occurs.
There is an increased risk of malignancy progression with somatropin treatment in patients with active malignancy. Any preexisting malignancy should be inactive, and its treatment should be completed, prior to instituting therapy with NGENLA. Discontinue NGENLA if there is evidence of recurrent malignancy.
In childhood cancer survivors who were treated with radiation to the brain/head for their first neoplasm and who developed subsequent GHD and were treated with somatropin, an increased risk of a second neoplasm has been reported. Intracranial tumors, in particular meningiomas, were the most common of these second neoplasms. Monitor all patients with a history of GHD secondary to an intracranial neoplasm while on NGENLA therapy for progression or recurrence of the tumor.
Because children with certain rare genetic causes of short stature have an increased risk of developing malignancies, thoroughly consider the risks and benefits of starting NGENLA in these patients. If treatment with NGENLA is initiated, carefully monitor these patients for development of neoplasms.
Monitor patients on NGENLA therapy carefully for increased growth or potential malignant changes of preexisting nevi. Advise patients and/or caregivers to report marked changes in behavior, onset of headaches, vision disturbances, and/or changes in skin pigmentation or changes in the appearance of preexisting nevi.
Treatment with growth hormone may decrease insulin sensitivity, particularly at higher doses. New-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus has been reported in patients receiving growth hormone. Patients with undiagnosed pre-diabetes and diabetes mellitus may experience worsened glycemic control and become symptomatic. Monitor glucose levels periodically in all patients receiving NGENLA, especially in those with risk factors for diabetes mellitus, such as obesity, Turner syndrome, or a family history of diabetes mellitus. Patients with preexisting type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus or pre-diabetes should be monitored closely. The doses of antidiabetic agents may require adjustment when NGENLA is initiated.
Intracranial hypertension (IH) with papilledema, visual changes, headache, nausea, and/or vomiting has been reported in patients treated with somatropin. Symptoms usually occurred within the first 8 weeks after the initiation of somatropin therapy. In all reported cases, IH-associated signs and symptoms rapidly resolved after cessation of therapy or a reduction of somatropin dose. NGENLA should be temporarily discontinued in patients with clinical or fundoscopic evidence of IH. If IH is confirmed, restart treatment with NGENLA at a lower dose after IH-associated signs and symptoms have resolved.
Fluid retention during NGENLA therapy may occur. Clinical manifestations of fluid retention (eg, edema and nerve compression syndromes including carpal tunnel syndrome/paresthesia) are usually transient and dose dependent.
Patients receiving growth hormone therapy who have or are at risk for pituitary hormone deficiencies may be at risk for reduced serum cortisol levels and/or unmasking of central (secondary) hypoadrenalism. In addition, patients treated with glucocorticoid replacement for previously diagnosed hypoadrenalism may require an increase in their maintenance or stress doses following initiation of NGENLA treatment. Monitor patients for reduced serum cortisol levels and/or need for glucocorticoid dose increases in those with known hypoadrenalism.
Undiagnosed/untreated hypothyroidism may prevent an optimal response to NGENLA therapy. In patients with GH deficiency, central (secondary) hypothyroidism may first become evident or worsen during treatment with growth hormone therapy. Therefore, patients should have periodic thyroid function tests and thyroid hormone replacement therapy should be initiated or appropriately adjusted when indicated.
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis may occur more frequently in patients undergoing rapid growth. Evaluate pediatric patients with the onset of a limp or complaints of persistent hip or knee pain.
NGENLA increases growth rate, and progression of preexisting scoliosis can occur in patients who experience rapid growth. Growth hormone treatment has not been shown to increase the occurrence of scoliosis. Monitor patients with a history of scoliosis for disease progression.
Cases of pancreatitis have been reported in patients receiving somatropin. The risk may be greater in pediatric patients compared with adults. Consider pancreatitis in patients who develop persistent severe abdominal pain.
When growth hormone is administered subcutaneously at the same site over a long period of time, lipoatrophy may result. Rotate injection sites when administering NGENLA to reduce this risk.
There have been reports of sudden death after initiating therapy with somatropin in pediatric patients with Prader-Willi syndrome who had one or more of the following risk factors: severe obesity, history of upper airway obstruction or sleep apnea, or unidentified respiratory infection. Male patients with one or more of these factors may be at greater risk than females. NGENLA is not indicated for the treatment of pediatric patients who have growth failure due to genetically confirmed Prader-Willi syndrome.
Serum levels of phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase, and parathyroid hormone may increase with NGENLA therapy. If a patient is found to have abnormal laboratory tests, monitor as appropriate.
Adverse reactions reported in ≥5% of patients treated with NGENLA are injection site reactions, nasopharyngitis, headache, pyrexia, anemia, cough, vomiting, hypothyroidism, abdominal pain, rash, and oropharyngeal pain. Health care providers should supervise the first injection and provide appropriate training and instruction for the proper use of all NGENLA devices.IndicationNGENLA is indicated for the treatment of pediatric patients aged 3 years and older who have growth failure due to an inadequate secretion of endogenous growth hormone.