Drug Information for INCRELEX™ (mecasermin [rDNA origin] injection) (Tercica, Inc.): INDICATIONS AND USAGE

  • INCRELEX™ (mecasermin [rDNA origin] injection) is indicated for the long-term treatment of growth failure in children with severe primary IGF-1 deficiency (Primary IGFD) or with growth hormone (GH) gene deletion who have developed neutralizing antibodies to GH. Severe Primary IGFD is defined by:

    • height standard deviation score ≤–3.0 and

    • basal IGF-1 standard deviation score ≤–3.0 and

    • normal or elevated growth hormone (GH).

    Severe Primary IGFD includes patients with mutations in the GH receptor (GHR), post-GHR signaling pathway, and IGF-1 gene defects; they are not GH deficient, and therefore, they cannot be expected to respond adequately to exogenous GH treatment.

    INCRELEX™ is not intended for use in subjects with secondary forms of IGF-1 deficiency, such as GH deficiency, malnutrition, hypothyroidism, or chronic treatment with pharmacologic doses of anti-inflammatory steroids. Thyroid and nutritional deficiencies should be corrected before initiating INCRELEX™ treatment.

    INCRELEX™ is not a substitute for GH treatment.

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