Omnitrope is a laboratory created human growth hormone for:
Children: with growth failure who do not have enough growth hormone, Prader-Willi Syndrome, born small for their age, Turner syndrome, and who are short without a definable cause.
Adults: with growth hormone disorders.
The primary action of somatropin is growth, including tissue, skeletal, cell and organ growth. Growth hormone also influences protein, carbohydrate, lipid, mineral and connective tissue metabolisms.
How is Omnitrope made?
Omnitrope is made by recombinant technology. The amino acid sequence of the product is identical to that of human growth hormone of pituitary origin (somatropin), but it is not taken from the human body. Instead, Omnitrope is made in a laboratory.1
How is Omnitrope supplied?
Omnitrope is supplied in prefilled liquid cartridges or a vial for reconstitution.
What do I do if I or my child takes too much Omnitrope?
Call a healthcare professional if the child takes more medicine than prescribed.
What should I do if I or my child misses an injection?
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If the missed dose is almost time for the next scheduled dose, do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
How do I store Omnitrope?
Keep Omnitrope cartridges and loaded pens in the refrigerator, between 36° F and 46° F (2° C and 8° C). Once a cartridge has been loaded into the pen, it should not be removed until it is empty or 28 days have passed since its first use.1 The pen with the loaded cartridge can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 28 days. Do not freeze Omnitrope. To protect medicine from light, keep Omnitrope cartridges in their original packaging until a cartridge is loaded into the pen.1 Remember to always keep Omnitrope and injection needles away from children.
After reconstitution of Omnitrope vials, the contents of the vial must be used within 3 weeks. After the first injection, the vial should be stored in the carton in a refrigerator at 36° F and 46° F.
Who should not take Omnitrope?
Omnitrope should not be used in children and adults with any of the following medical conditions because serious side effects can occur:
a critical illness caused by certain types of complications from heart or stomach surgery, serious injury or a sudden and severe breathing problem (respiratory failure)
Prader-Willi Syndrome who are severely overweight or have or have a history of breathing problems including sleep apnea)
cancer or other tumors
certain types of eye problems caused by diabetes
allergies to growth hormone or any of the ingredients in the medicine
Omnitrope should also not be used in children who have completed growth
What should I tell my healthcare professional before taking Omnitrope?
Patients should tell their doctor about their medical and family history, treatment use and past and existing medical conditions, such as but not limited to the following:
cancer or any tumor
use of prescription and non-prescription medicines, steroids, vitamins and herbal supplements
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects of Omnitrope include:
local reactions at the injection site (such as pain, numbness, redness and swelling)
Frequently Asked Questions About Dosing and Delivery
How is Omnitrope administered?
Omnitrope is given as a subcutaneous (under-the-skin) injection each day or several times a week as directed by the healthcare professional. Injecting Omnitrope is convenient with the Omnitrope Pen 5 or Omnitrope Pen 10. Each pen uses liquid cartridges. This eliminates the need to mix or reconstitute the medication, enables a convenient way to "dial in" the correct dose and helps avoid wasting or spilling medication. Omnitrope is also available as a vial for injection with a syringe.
Which Omnitrope Pen will my child receive?
A child will receive a pen based on the dose of Omnitrope the healthcare professional prescribes.
Where on the body is Omnitrope injected?
Omnitrope is injected just below the skin. A healthcare professional will suggest the best areas of the body to inject Omnitrope. Recommended areas include the thigh, stomach, or buttocks. The healthcare professional will also advise on how to rotate injection spots to avoid tissue atrophy (damage to local tissue).
Frequently Asked Questions About OmniSource
What is OmniSource?
OmniSource is a support team for Omnitrope patients and caregivers. The people at OmniSource are skilled at answering questions about patient services, guiding through the insurance process, and providing helpful Omnitrope materials. They can even arrange for an OmniSource Nurse Trainer to provide injection training.
What is an OmniSource Patient Support Specialist?
An OmniSource Patient Support Specialist is skilled at getting the answers needed, guiding through the on-boarding process and proving personalized service for the growth hormone journey.
During the Omnitrope on-boarding process, the OmniSource Patient Support Specialist will call to make an introduction and welcome in to the OmniSource Program. They will also confirm contact information and address, and help identify the resources OmniSource offers to answer non-medical questions and needs.
Expect a call from an OmniSource Patient Support Specialist with important information about beginning treatment. The OmniSource Patient Support Specialist will help to provide growth hormone product and supplies, including shipment of the Starter Kit and pen device, if applicable.
OmniSource is here for support Call 877.456.6794 (any time between 8am and 8pm ET).
What is a Nurse Trainer and what does he or she do?
Please note that in order to receive injection training from a Nurse Trainer, a patient needs to request it on the Statement of Medical Necessity. A Nurse Trainer will come to the home and give an expert lesson on how to properly use the Omnitrope Pen or vial and syringe. It’s free and open to any family member or authorized caregiver.
If a refresher or additional training is needed, a dedicated Nurse Trainer is available. Please call a Patient Support Specialist for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions About Insurance
How do I know if my insurance covers Omnitrope?
Please contact an Omnitrope Patient Support Specialist with questions about insurance — he or she will be glad to help. Have an insurance card handy when you call 877.456.6794.
How does the Omnitrope Co-Pay Savings Program work?
Eligible* patients may pay no more than $0 for their monthly Co-Pay for up to 12 months in out-of-pocket Co-Pay costs for their prescription.
*Omnitrope Co-Pay Savings Program Eligibility
The Omnitrope Co-Pay Savings Program provides up to $5,000 in annual Co-Pay support for Omnitrope prescriptions. With the Omnitrope Co-Pay Savings Program, eligible patients may pay $0 for their Co-Pay. Eligible patients who are commercially insured may receive Co-Pay support in the amount of up to $5,000 annually and patients who are uninsured may receive Co-Pay support in the amount of up to $417 monthly, with an annual cap of $5,000. Prescription must be for an approved indication. This program is not health insurance. Patients are not eligible if prescriptions are paid, in whole or in part, by any state or federally funded programs, including but not limited to Medicare (including Part D, even in the coverage gap) or Medicaid, Medigap, VA, DOD, or TriCare, or private indemnity, or HMO insurance plans that reimburse you for the entire cost of your prescription drugs, or where prohibited by law. Patients can participate for a maximum of 12 months. Eligible patients must have a first use of the program by December 31 of the current year. Omnitrope Co-Pay Savings Program may not be combined with any other rebate, coupon, or offer. Sandoz reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer without further notice.
For more information, call 877.456.6794.
What if I don't have insurance or am underinsured?
Contact an OmniSource Patient Support Specialist (877.456.6794)