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Growth Hormone News Update - Short Dated Stock

7 August 2012

There is a national shortage of Saizen® solution for injection (somatropin) which is subsidised by the Australian Government through the PBS Growth Hormone Program

The supplier has initiated a recall of short dated Saizen® and the Department has ceased supplying this PBS item until sufficient supply is guaranteed.

Patients using Saizen® should ensure that their supply does not expire before the end of their treatment period. If it does, patients should contact their pharmacy and doctor as soon as possible to arrange replacement medicine.

Information from the supplier and Frequently Asked Questions for affected patients, treating doctors and pharmacists can be accessed at www.health.gov.au/hgh.