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Norditropin® 101

Norditropin® 101

Getting your first FlexPro® pen.

Unlike with most medications, you won’t just walk down to your local pharmacy to pick up your Norditropin® prescription. Instead, you’ll work with a Specialty Pharmacy. This will be the company that ships your medicine to you on a regular basis.

Your NordiCare® Case Manager will call to let you know that the Specialty Pharmacy has shipped the product.

You’ll receive the package, which is shipped overnight on ice. If you are concerned about the temperature of the FlexPro® pen when it arrives, check to make sure that the liquid in the scale (the transparent window) is clear and colorless, or call your NordiCare® Case Manager with any questions. Refrigerate the pen upon receipt.a

After the first time you use the pen, you can store it at room temperature (up to 77°F) for up to 21 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.a

aAll unused Norditropin® products must be refrigerated (36°F to 46°F) prior to first use. Do not freeze and avoid direct light. After first injection, Norditropin® pens can either be stored outside of the refrigerator (up to 77°F) for use within 3 weeks, or in the refrigerator (between 36°F and 46°F) for use within 4 weeks.

JumpStart™ Program: The JumpStart™ program may be able to help you start with Norditropin® before your insurance coverage begins, as well as stay on the therapy through changes like moves and insurance coverage gaps.b

JumpStart™ Program: The JumpStart™ program may be able to help you start with Norditropin® before your insurance coverage begins, as well as stay on the therapy through changes like moves and insurance coverage gaps.b

Your Starter Kit.

NordiCare® has probably already sent you your Starter Kit, which contains everything you need to get going with your Norditropin® treatment, including:

  • Backpack
  • Pen case
  • Cooler bag
  • Sharps container
  • Alcohol swabs
  • and more

(Starter Kit contents may vary.)

bPatients who have been prescribed Norditropin® for an FDA-approved indication and who have commercial insurance are eligible to receive a limited supply of free product from JumpStart™
Patients are not eligible to receive JumpStart™ if:

  • Their prescription drug costs are paid in whole or in part by any federal health care program, including, but not limited to Medicare (including any Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan); Medicaid; Medigap; health benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, or TRICARE; or any other State or Federal medical or pharmaceutical benefit program or Pharmaceutical Assistance Program
  • They have Secondary Medicaid or Government plans, even if patient has a Primary Commercial Plan

Selected Important Safety Information

Do not use Norditropin® if: you have a critical illness caused by certain types of heart or stomach surgery, trauma or breathing (respiratory) problems; you are a child with Prader-Willi syndrome who is severely obese or has breathing problems including sleep apnea; you have cancer or other tumors; you are allergic to somatropin or any of the ingredients in Norditropin®; your healthcare provider tells you that you have certain types of eye problems caused by diabetes (diabetic retinopathy); you are a child with closed bone growth plates (epiphyses).

Indications and Usage

What is Norditropin® (somatropin) injection?
Norditropin® is a prescription medicine that contains human growth hormone and is used to treat:
  • children who are not growing because of low or no growth hormone 
  • children who are short (in stature) and who have Noonan syndrome, Turner syndrome, or were born small (small for gestational age-SGA) and have not caught-up in growth by age 2 to 4 years 
  • children who have Idiopathic Short Stature (ISS) 
  • children who are not growing who have Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) 
  • adults who do not make enough growth hormone

Important Safety Information (cont’d)

Before taking Norditropin®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have had heart or stomach surgery, trauma or serious breathing (respiratory problems) 
  • have had a history of problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea) 
  • have or have had cancer or any tumor 
  • have diabetes 
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Norditropin® may affect how other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Norditropin® works.

How should I use Norditropin®?

  • Use Norditropin® exactly as your health care provider tells you to 
  • Do not share your Norditropin® pens and needles with another person even if the needle has been changed. You may give another person an infection or get an infection from them.

What are the possible side effects of Norditropin®?
Norditropin® may cause serious side effects, including:

  • high risk of death in people who have critical illnesses because of heart or stomach surgery, trauma or serious breathing (respiratory) problems 
  • high risk of sudden death in children with Prader-Willi syndrome who are severely obese or have breathing problems including sleep apnea 
  • increased risk of growth of cancer or a tumor that is already present and increased risk of the return of cancer or a tumor in people who were treated with radiation to the brain or head as children and who developed low growth hormone problems. Contact the healthcare provider if you or your child start to have headaches, or have changes in behavior, changes in vision, or changes in moles, birthmarks, or the color of your skin 
  • new or worsening high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or diabetes 
  • increase in pressure in the skull (intracranial hypertension). If you or your child has headaches, eye problems, nausea or vomiting, contact the healthcare provider 
  • serious allergic reactions. Get medical help right away if you or your child has the following symptoms: swelling of your face, lips, mouth or tongue, trouble breathing, wheezing, severe itching, skin rashes, redness or swelling, dizziness or fainting, fast heartbeat or pounding in your chest, or sweating 
  • your body holding too much fluid (fluid retention) such as swelling in the hands and feet, pain in your joints or muscles or nerve problems that cause pain, burning, or tingling in the hands, arms, legs and feet. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these signs or symptoms of fluid retention. 
  • decrease in a hormone called cortisol. Tell your or your child’s healthcare provider if you or your child has darkening of the skin, severe fatigue, dizziness, weakness or weight loss 
  • decrease in thyroid hormone levels 
  • hip and knee pain or a limp in children (slipped capital femoral epiphysis) 
  • worsening of pre-existing curvature of the spine (scoliosis) 
  • severe and constant abdominal pain can be a sign of pancreatitis. Tell your or your child’s healthcare provider if you or your child has any new abdominal pain. 
  • loss of fat and tissue weakness in the area of skin you inject 
  • increase in phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase, and parathyroid hormone levels in your blood

The most common side effects of Norditropin® include:

  • injection site reactions and rashes, and headaches

Please click here for Norditropin® Prescribing Information.

Norditropin® is a prescription medication.

Novo Nordisk provides patient assistance for those who qualify. Please call 1-866-310-7549 to learn more about Novo Nordisk assistance programs.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800- FDA-1088.

Talk to your health care provider and find out if Norditropin® is right for you or your child.