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Leveling Up: Pediatric Growth Hormone Deficiency Treatment Advances Show Promise

As the desire for a less frequently administered growth hormone treatment intensifies, clinicians are looking to researchers for the latest data on safety and efficacy. Luckily, as more studies are undertaken patients and clinicians may soon have a wealth of options. Since 1985, children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) have been prescribed somatropin – recombinant...
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Growth Spurt: How Pegvisomant Could Be a Promising Solution to a Big Problem

An excess of growth hormone in infancy leads to the rare yet confounding phenomenon of X-linked acrogigantism, which is known to be resistant to conventional pituitary tumor treatments in the pediatric population. However, new data suggests that pegvisomant could not only be a treatment option for these patients, but it could also improve quality-of-life measures....
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European Medicine Agency’s CHMP Grants Positive Opinion to Long-Acting Growth Hormone for Patients with Pediatric Growth Hormone Deficiency

In November, the European Medicine Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion recommending the granting of a marketing authorization for Ascendis Pharma’s lonapegsomatropin (TransCon hGH), a long-acting once-weekly, transiently pegylated somatropin that in the body releases somatropin, indicated for growth failure in children and adolescents aged from 3 years...
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New App Helps Parents Identify Treatable Childhood Growth Disorders Earlier

A mobile phone app can place the accurate measurement of children’s height in the hands of parents and caregivers. Preliminary data presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Edinburgh suggests that the app could reliably identify treatable growth disorders much earlier, with significant improvements in child health. Childhood growth is a strong indicator...
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Phase 3 Trial Shows Lonapegsomatropin Is Superior to Somatropin in Treatment-Naïve Children with Growth Hormone Deficiency

The investigational long-acting, once-weekly prodrug lonapegsomatropin (TransCon hGH) may be more beneficial to treatment-naïve pediatric patients with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) than daily somatropin of equivalent weekly dose, according to a paper recently published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers led by Aimee D. Shu, MD, of Ascendis Pharma (who funded the...