Frequently Asked Questions

What is Omnitrope and how does it work?
How is Omnitrope made?
How is Omnitrope supplied?
How does my healthcare professional decide the right dose?
What do I do if I or my child takes too much Omnitrope?
What if I or my child misses an injection?
How do I store Omnitrope?
Who should not take Omnitrope?
What should I tell my healthcare professional before taking Omnitrope?
Are there any side effects?
What other safety information should I know?
What is Omnitrope?
How is Omnitrope administered?
Which Omnitrope Pen will my child receive?
Where on the body is Omnitrope injected?
What is OmniSource?
What is an OmniSource Patient Support Specialist?
What is a Nurse Trainer and what does he or she do?
How do I know if my insurance covers Omnitrope?
How does the Save As You Grow Co-Pay program work?
What if I don’t have insurance or am underinsured?

Frequently Asked Questions about Omnitrope®

What is Omnitrope and how does it work?

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?

Omitrope 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 take too much Omnitrope?

Call your healthcare professional if you or your child take more medicine than prescribed.  

What should I do if I or my child misses an injection?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If the missed dose is almost time for your 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 your 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 heart or stomach surgery, serious injury or a sudden and severe breathing problem (respiratory failure)
  • Prader-Villi Syndrome who are severely overweight or have a history of breathing problems including sleep apnhea
  • 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
  • diabetes
  • use of prescription and non-prescription medicines, steroids, vitamins and herbal supplements
  • pregnancy
  • nursing

 

Are there any side effects?

Common side effects include:

  • Local reactions at the injection site (such as pain, numbness, redness and swelling)
  • Headaches
  • Swelling associated with fluid retention
  • Pain in joints and muscle pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tingling and numbness
  • Unusual skin sensations
  • Low levels of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism)

Review Important Safety Information below, as well as the full Prescribing Information.

Be sure to talk to your or your child's healthcare professional if you have questions about the uses or safety considerations of Omnitrope. 

What other safety information should I know?

Other possible side effects of Omnitrope are:

  • return of tumor or cancerous growths
  • headaches, changes in vision, nausea or vomiting (these may be symptoms of raised pressure in the brain which requires immediate medical attention)
  • hip and knee pain or a limp in children, that can be a sign of slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • worsening of pre-existing curvature of the spine in children (scoliosis)
  • increased ear infections and ear disorders in children with Turner Syndrome, check for cardiovascular disorders (hypertension, stroke)
  • intense pain and tenderness in the abdomen as consequence of an inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • gasping syndrome (decreased rate of breathing) in children from high levels of benzyl alcohol (an inactive ingredient)
  • high blood sugar (hyperglycemia/diabetes)

Review Important Safety Information below, as well as the full Prescribing Information.

Be sure to talk to your or your child's healthcare professional if you have questions about the uses or safety considerations of Omnitrope.

How should I use Omnitrope?

  • Use Omnitrope exactly as your healthcare professional tells you to.
  • Patients and caregivers who will administer Omnitrope should receive appropriate training and instruction on the proper use of Omnitrope.
  • See the “Instructions for Use” section of the prescribing information for detailed information.
  • Properly dispose of used syringes and needles.
  • Never share an Omnitrope Pen with another person, even if the needle is changed.
  • Sharing the pen may lead to infection.

REFERENCE: 1. Omnitrope (package insert). Princeton, NJ; Sandoz, Inc; 2011.

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 your 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?

Your child will receive a pen based on the dose of Omnitrope your healthcare professional prescribes. 

Where on the body is Omnitrope injected?

Omnitrope is injected just below the skin. You or your child's healthcare professional will tell you the best areas of the body to inject Omnitrope. Recommended areas include the thigh, stomach or buttocks. The healthcare professional will also tell you 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 your questions about patient services, guiding you through the insurance approval process and providing helpful Omnitrope materials. They can even arrange for an OmniSource Nurse Trainer to provide injection training, if you or your child's doctor requests it. 

What is an OmniSource Patient Support Specialist?

An OmniSource Patient Support Specialist is skilled at helping you get the answers you need, guiding you through the on-boarding process and proving personalized service for your or your child's growth hormone journey.

During the Omnitrope on-boarding process, your OmniSource Patient Support Specialist will call you to make an introduction and welcome you to the OmniSource Program. They will also confirm your contact information and address, and help identify the resources OmniSource offers, to answer your non-medical questions and needs.

You can expect a call from your OmniSource Patient Support Specialist with important information about beginning treatment. Your OmniSource Patient Support Specialist will help to provide you with your or your child's growth hormone product and supplies, including shipment of the Starter Kit and pen device, if applicable.

OmniSource is here for you and your family. Call 877.456.6794 (anytime 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, your Healthcare Professional needs to request it for you on the Statement of Medical Necessity. A Nurse Trainer will come to your home and give you 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.

Should you need a refresher or additional training, a dedicated Nurse Trainer is available, please call your Patient Support Specialist for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions about Insurance

 

How do I know if my insurance covers Omnitrope?

Please contact your Omnitrope Patient Support Specialist with any questions you may have about insurance — he or she will be glad to help you. Have your insurance card handy when you call: 877.456.6794.

 

How does the Save As You Grow Co-Pay 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. Click here for eligibility information.

For more information, call us at 877.456.6794.

 

What if I don't have insurance or am underinsured?

Contact your OmniSource Patient Support Specialist (877.456.6794)

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