FDA Approval of Sogroya May Change Prescribing in GH Class

When the FDA approved Novo Nordisk, Inc.’s Sogroya (somapacitan-beco) for the replacement of growth hormone in adults with growth hormone deficiency on Aug. 28, it became the only long-acting agent on the market (RSP 9/20, p. 8). A survey by Zitter Insights shows that many endocrinologists expect to shift prescribing to such agents from the short-acting growth hormones. And many payers say they expect to manage at least one long-acting agent at parity with short-acting growth hormones.

There are seven short-acting growth hormones currently available to treat adults with growth hormone deficiency, all of them branded forms of somatropin:

Genotropin from Pfizer Inc.;

Humatrope from Eli Lilly and Co.;

Norditropin from Novo Nordisk Inc.;

Nutropin AQ from Genentech USA, Inc., a member of the Roche Group;

Omnitrope from Sandoz Inc., a Novartis unit;

Saizen from EMD Serono, Inc., a business of Merck KGaA; and

Zomacton from Ferring B.V.

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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