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  • FDA Date: 08/04/2011

    Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (somatropin) FDA Drug Safety Communication

    Safety Review Update of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (somatropin) and Possible Increased Risk of Death

    This information reflects FDA's current analysis of data available to FDA concerning this drug. FDA intends to update this sheet when additional information or analyses become available.

    This safety review update is in follow-up to the FDA Drug Safety Communication: Ongoing safety review of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (somatropin) and possible increased risk of death on 12/22/2010.

    FDA is updating the public about its ongoing safety review of recombinant human growth hormone (somatropin) and possible increased risk of death. In December 2010, FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication to inform the public that it was reviewing results from a study conducted in France (the Sante Adulte GH Enfant ([AGhE] study) and other available information on this potential risk. FDA has determined that, at this time, the evidence regarding recombinant human growth hormone and increased risk of death is inconclusive.

    In its analysis of the SAGhE study, FDA identified a number of study design weaknesses that limit the interpretability of the study results. FDA also reviewed the medical literature, as well as reports from the Agency's Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS). These additional data sources did not provide evidence suggestive of a link between recombinant human growth hormone and an increased risk of death.

    Healthcare professionals and patients should continue to prescribe and use recombinant human growth hormone according to the labeled recommendations.

    FDA is continuing to review this safety issue and expects to receive additional data from the SAGhE study in Spring 2012. FDA will update the public when new information is available

    View the full FDA Drug Safety Communication on FDA.gov