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Bioequivalence between novel ready-to-use liquid formulations of the recombinant human GH Omnitrope and the original lyophilized formulations for reconstitution of Omnitrope and Genotropin.

Author(s): Fuhr U, Tuculanu D, Berghout A, Balser S, Schwebig A, Saenger P

Affiliation(s): Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Department of Pharmacology, Hospital of the University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.

Publication date & source: 2010-06, Eur J Endocrinol., 162(6):1051-8. Epub 2010 Mar 23.

Publication type: Comparative Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

OBJECTIVE: Two strengths of a novel ready-to-use liquid preparation of the recombinant human GH (rhGH) Omnitrope were developed to increase the convenience for the patients. DESIGN: Omnitrope 3.3 mg/ml solution or Omnitrope 6.7 mg/ml solution was compared to Omnitrope 5 mg/ml powder and Genotropin 5 mg/ml powder in terms of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, safety, and local tolerance after a single s.c. dose of 5 mg. METHODS: Two randomized, double-blind, single-dose, three-way crossover studies were carried out in 36 young healthy volunteers each. Endogenous GH secretion was suppressed with a 25-h continuous i.v. infusion of octreotide (40 microg/h) starting 1 h before rhGH administration. RESULTS: Pharmacokinetic parameters were similar for the three treatments in both studies respectively. Bioequivalence criteria were met for area under the concentration-time curve (AUC) and C(max). Likewise, the pharmacodynamic parameters for IGF1, IGF-binding protein 3, and non-esterified fatty acid were similar for all preparations. No differences in adverse events were observed between groups. CONCLUSIONS: Omnitrope 3.3 mg/ml solution, 6.7 mg/ml solution, and 5 mg/ml powder, and Genotropin 5 mg/ml powder are bioequivalent, have similar pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles, and are equally safe. Overall, the products can be considered to be therapeutically interchangeable.

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