Saizen® (somatropin) for injection is a growth hormone available by prescription only. Therefore, you should be aware of the proper way to handle and store Saizen® prior to use. Talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and risks associated with Saizen® growth hormone treatment.
Patients and caregivers who will administer Saizen® should receive appropriate training and instruction. Committed to supporting Saizen® patients, Connections for Growth® provides educational materials, growth hormone treatment information, and device training. Learn more about patient services.
Storage and Handling
To keep you and your medication safe, it’s a good idea to follow these tips:
- Keep Saizen® away from pets and children
- Store Saizen® in a secure place to prevent damage or loss
- Don’t leave Saizen® in a sun-warmed car; and if you’re in a location with a warm climate, make sure Saizen® doesn’t get warmer than 86°F/ 30°C
- Keep Saizen® out of direct sunlight
- Children should be supervised by an adult when self-administering Saizen®
Storage Before Reconstitution
Saizen® should be stored at room temperature (59°–86°F/15°–30°C). Expiration dates are stated on the labels.
Storage After Reconstitution
Saizen® 5 mg and 8.8 mg vials reconstituted with the Bacteriostatic Water for Injection, USP (0.9% Benzyl Alcohol) provided should be stored under refrigeration (36°–46°F/2°–8°C) for up to 14 days.
Saizen® 8.8 mg cartridge reconstituted with the Sterile Water for Injection, 0.3% (w/v) metacresol provided should be stored under refrigeration (36°–46°F/2°–8°C) for up to 21 days.
Avoid freezing reconstituted vials or cartridges of Saizen®.
Proper Disposal of Sharps Waste
Discard needles and pen devices safely in accordance with your local requirements. You can check with local waste disposal and regulatory agencies to see what options are available to you.
EMD Serono supports the proper disposal of medical sharps waste. California and Minnesota residents can download SHARPS disposal instructions by visiting EMD Serono.com.