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Genotropin has proven efficacy in paediatric growth hormone deficiency (pGHD)1 with achievement of genetic height potential2

Genotropin is indicated for the treatment of growth disturbance in children due to insufficient secretion of growth hormone (growth hormone deficiency, GHD). 

Prevalence of Paediatric GHD (pGHD)

The prevalence of paediatric growth hormone deficiency is estimated to be between 1 in 3500 and 1 in 4000 children. However, in about 50% of children the cause of growth hormone deficiency is unknown (idiopathic growth hormone deficiency).​​​​​​​7

Genotropin is effective in treating idiopathic pGHD​​​​​​​2

Achievement of genetic height potential2

Genetic height potential normalised by growth hormone (GH) treatment (0.65 IU/kg body weight/week)2

Genotropin is effective in treating idiopathic pGHD2​​​​​​​

Patients achieved their genetic height potential following treatment with growth hormone (0.65 IU/kg body weight/week for a median duration of 9.4 years)2 

Adapted from Cutfield et al, 1999 2

Study methods

Analysis of final height in idiopathic GHD patients enrolled in KIGS database. Of 10,657 idiopathic GHD patients enrolled from 43 participating countries, 369 fulfilled the necessary final height criteria for inclusion in the analysis and were treated on an average dose of 0.49 IU/kg body weight/week (0.16 mg/kg body weight/week) growth hormone (GH) for a median of 8.1 years. A Swedish subgroup of patients (n=69) received conventional therapy (0.65 IU/kg body weight/week) for a mean of 9.4 years. The criteria used to define final height were height velocity less than 2 cm/year, calculated over a minimum of 9 months; chronological age more 17 years or bone age of more than 16 years in boys; chronological age more than 15 years or bone age more than 14 years in girls. To be included in the analysis the children had to have more than 2 years of GH treatment prior to puberty, and more than 5 years of GH treatment in total.


Dosage recommendations in Paediatric Patients


mg/kg body weight dose per day

mg/m2 body surface area dose per day

Growth hormone deficiency in children

0.025 - 0.035

0.7 - 1.0

Please refer to the Summary of Product Characteristics for full information before prescribing Genotropin


Adverse Events in the long-term treatment of Children with Growth Hormone Deficiency

Long-term Treatment of Children with Growth Disturbance due to insufficient secretion of growth hormone

System Organ Class

Very Common ≥ 1/10

Common ≥ 1/100 to <1/10

Uncommon ≥ 1/1,000 to <1/100

Rare ≥ 1/10,000 to <1/1,000

Very Rare <1/10,000

Not Known (cannot be estimated from available data)

Neoplasms Benign, Malignant and Unspecified (including cysts and polyps)


Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders

Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Nervous System Disorders

Benign intracranial hypertension

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders


Musculoskeletal, Connective Tissue and Bone Disorders


Musculoskeletal stiffness*

General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions

Injection site reaction$

Oedema peripheral*
Face oedema*


Blood cortisol decreased

*In general, these adverse effects are mild to moderate, arise within the first months of treatment, and subside spontaneously or with dose-reduction. The incidence of these adverse effects is related to the administered dose, the age of the patients, and possibly inversely related to the age of the patients at the onset of growth hormone deficiency.
** Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) identified post-marketing
$ Transient injection site reactions in children have been reported.
‡ Clinical significance is unknown
† Reported in growth hormone deficient children treated with somatropin, but the incidence appears to be similar to that in children without growth hormone deficiency.

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Abbreviations: GHD, growth hormone deficiency; GH, growth hormone.
  1. Genotropin Summary of Product Characteristics. Accessed here.
  2. Cutfield W, et al, 1999. Acta Paediatr; 428(Suppl): 72–75.
  3. De Zegher F, et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2000; 85(8): 2816–2821.
  4. Ranke MB, Price DA, Reiter, 2007. Basel, Karger, pp 332–339.
  5. Ranke MB, Price DA, Reiter EO, 2007. Basel, Karger, pp 326–331.
  6. Lindgren AC, Ritzén EM, 1999. Acta Paediatr; 433(Suppl): 109–111.
  7. NICE Guideline [TA188]. Human growth hormone (somatropin) for the treatment of growth failure in children. Available here.
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