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      The Clinical Usefulness of Liquid Human Growth Hormone (hGH) (Norditropin ® SimpleXx TM) in the Treatment of GH Deficiency

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          Human growth hormone (hGH) is an essential therapeutic drug for the treatment of GH deficiency. The development of recombinant GH using a pen injection system has enabled easy and safe treatment of GH-deficient patients; however, the process of dissolving hGH in the powder form is complicated and dangerous. In this study, we investigated the usefulness of a newly developed liquid form of hGH (Norditropin<sup>®</sup> SimpleXx<sup>TM</sup>) in the treatment of 51 patients with GH deficiency. Fifteen previously untreated patients with GH deficiency were treated with liquid hGH (group A), and 36 patients who had previously used hGH in the powder form were changed to the liquid form (group B). Both groups were treated with liquid hGH 0.5 IU/kg per week for 6 months. The growth rate of patients in group A increased from 4.0 ± 2.4 cm/year to 9.2 ± 2.9 cm/year. The patients in group B continued to grow at the same rate as before using the liquid hGH therapy. Questionnaires to the patients in group B demonstrated that 85% preferred the convenience of using the new liquid form of hGH. Our results indicate that liquid hGH has similar efficacy to that of powder hGH, but its improved convenience may have a beneficial effect on patient compliance.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-7013-8
          978-3-318-00533-2
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1999
          November 1999
          17 November 2004
          : 51
          : Suppl 3
          : 113-115
          Affiliations
          Departments of Pediatrics, aNippon Kokan Fukuyama Hospital, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, bOkayama University Medical School, Okayama, cChiba University, School of Medicine, Chiba, Japan
          Article
          53172 Horm Res 1999;51(suppl 3):113–115
          10.1159/000053172
          10592454
          © 1999 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Figures: 2, Tables: 3, References: 4, Pages: 3
          Categories
          Workshop: Compliance in GH Treatment

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