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17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information and Instructions for Use).

Inform patients (and/or their caregivers) of the following information to aid in the safe and effective use of SOMAVERT:

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17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information and Instructions for Use).

Inform patients (and/or their caregivers) of the following information to aid in the safe and effective use of SOMAVERT:

  • Not to use SOMAVERT if they are allergic to SOMAVERT or anything in it.
  • They will need blood testing to check IGF-I levels and liver tests before and during treatment with SOMAVERT and that the dose of SOMAVERT may be changed based on the results of these tests.
  • SOMAVERT has not been studied in pregnant women and instruct them to notify their healthcare provider as soon as they are aware that they are pregnant.
  • It is not known whether SOMAVERT is excreted in human milk and instruct them to notify their healthcare provider if they plan to do so.
  • Pregnancy: Inform female patients that treatment with SOMAVERT may result in unintended pregnancy [see Females and Males of Reproductive Potential (8.3)].

Advise patients (and/or their caregivers) of the following adverse reactions:

  • The most common reported adverse reactions are injection site reaction, elevations of liver tests, pain, nausea, and diarrhea.
  • If they have liver test elevations they may need to have more frequent liver tests and/or discontinue SOMAVERT. Instruct patients to immediately discontinue therapy and contact their physician if they become jaundiced.
  • GH-secreting tumors may enlarge in people with acromegaly and that these tumors need to be watched carefully and monitored by MRI imaging.
  • Thickening under the skin may occur at the injection site that could lead to lumps and that switching sites may prevent or lessen this.
  • If they have diabetes mellitus, they may require careful monitoring and dose reductions of insulin and/or oral hypoglycemic agents while on SOMAVERT.
  • If they take opioids, they may need higher SOMAVERT doses to achieve appropriate IGF-I suppression.

Inform patients (and/or their caregivers) about the storage options prior to reconstitution of the product [see How Supplied/Storage and Handling (16)].

Advise patients to follow the directions for reconstitution provided in the Instructions for Use. Include that spraying the diluent directly onto the powder may cause foaming and that shaking may induce denaturation (destruction) of the active ingredient (therefore do not shake).

This product's labeling may have been updated. For the most recent prescribing information, please visit www.pfizer.com.

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U.S. License No. 1216

LAB-0782-3.0


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What is SOMAVERT?


Before you use SOMAVERT, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
  • are allergic to pegvisomant or any of the ingredients...

What is SOMAVERT?


Before you use SOMAVERT, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
  • are allergic to pegvisomant or any of the ingredients in SOMAVERT. Do not take SOMAVERT if you are allergic to pegvisomant or any of the ingredients in SOMAVERT. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in SOMAVERT.
  • have diabetes
  • have or have had liver problems
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if SOMAVERT will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while using SOMAVERT.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if SOMAVERT passes into your breast milk. You and your health care provider should decide how you will feed your baby if you take SOMAVERT.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
SOMAVERT may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how SOMAVERT works.
Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:
  • insulin or other medicines used to treat diabetes
  • narcotics (opioid medicines). Your healthcare provider may change your dose of SOMAVERT if you take opioids.
If you are not sure, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist whether you take these medicines.
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How should I use SOMAVERT?

  • Read the Instructions for Use at the end of this Patient Information for information about the right way to use SOMAVERT.
  • Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver and insulin-like growth factor-...

How should I use SOMAVERT?

  • Read the Instructions for Use at the end of this Patient Information for information about the right way to use SOMAVERT.
  • Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) levels before you start and while you use SOMAVERT. Your healthcare provider may need to change your dose of SOMAVERT.
  • SOMAVERT is given 1 time each day as an injection under your skin (subcutaneous). Some people may need to give 2 injections for their dose each day. Your healthcare provider will tell you if you need to give 2 injections for your dose.
  • Your first injection of SOMAVERT should be given by your healthcare provider.
  • Your healthcare provider will teach you or your caregiver how to use SOMAVERT.
  • If you use too much SOMAVERT, call your healthcare provider right away.
  • If you miss a dose of SOMAVERT, just take the next dose at the regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time. If you are not sure about your dosing, ask your healthcare provider.
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What are the possible side effects of SOMAVERT?


  • changes in your blood sugar level. Your healthcare provider may change your dose of diabetes medicine while you take SOMAVERT.
  • liver problems. Stop injecting SOMAVERT...

What are the possible side effects of SOMAVERT?


  • changes in your blood sugar level. Your healthcare provider may change your dose of diabetes medicine while you take SOMAVERT.
  • liver problems. Stop injecting SOMAVERT right away and call your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms of liver problems:
  • yellowing of your eyes (jaundice)
  • dark, amber-colored urine
  • feeling very tired (fatigue or exhaustion)
  • nausea and vomiting
  • pain in your stomach (abdomen)
  • generalized swelling
  • bruising easily
  • skin thickening at your injection site that could lead to lumps (lipohypertrophy)
  • allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
  • swelling of your face, tongue, lips, or throat
  • wheezing or trouble breathing
  • skin rash, redness, or swelling
  • sever itching
  • dizziness or fainting
The most common side effects of SOMAVERT include:
  • pain
  • infection
  • nausea
  • flu syndrome
  • injection site reaction
  • diarrhea
  • abnormal liver tests. If your liver test results are too high, you may have to have more frequent liver tests
These are not all of the possible side effects of SOMAVERT. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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How should I store SOMAVERT?

  • Before you mix the SOMAVERT powder and the liquid:
    • Store SOMAVERT in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
    • For convenience, the One Day Package and intermediate cartons in the 30-Day...

How should I store SOMAVERT?

  • Before you mix the SOMAVERT powder and the liquid:
    • Store SOMAVERT in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
    • For convenience, the One Day Package and intermediate cartons in the 30-Day Package containing the SOMAVERT vial(s), may be stored at room temperature up to 77°F (25°C) for a single period of up to 30 days.
      • In the space provided on the carton, record the date when the carton was removed from the refrigerator and the discard date (30 days after removal from the refrigerator).
      • Once the carton has been stored at room temperature, it should not be placed back into the refrigerator. If not used within 30 days at room temperature, the vial(s) should be thrown away.
  • Throw away the SOMAVERT vial(s) after the expiration date printed on the carton or the discard date, whichever is sooner.
  • The prefilled syringe(s) maybe stored at temperature up to 86°F (30°C) until the expiration date printed on the carton. After that time, they should be thrown away.
  • Do not freeze SOMAVERT.
  • Read the INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE for the right way to mix SOMAVERT.
  • After you mix the SOMAVERT powder and liquid:
    • Keep the mixed SOMAVERT at room temperature between 59°F to 77°F (15°C to 25°C).
    • Keep SOMAVERT inside the vial or the syringe until you are ready to inject it.
    • You must use the mixed SOMAVERT immediately after you mix it.
    • If you have not used the mixed SOMAVERT immediately, throw it away.
Keep SOMAVERT and all medicines out of the reach of children.
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General information about the safe and effective use of SOMAVERT.


Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use SOMAVERT for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give SOMAVERT to other...

General information about the safe and effective use of SOMAVERT.


Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use SOMAVERT for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give SOMAVERT to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

This Patient Information summarizes the most important information about SOMAVERT. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about SOMAVERT that is written for health professionals.

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What are the ingredients in SOMAVERT?


Active ingredient:Inactive ingredients:

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What are the ingredients in SOMAVERT?


Active ingredient:Inactive ingredients:

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

SOMAVERT® (SOM-ah-vert)
(pegvisomant)
for injection, for subcutaneous use

Read these Instructions for Use before you start using SOMAVERT and each time you get a refill. There may be new...

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

SOMAVERT® (SOM-ah-vert)
(pegvisomant)
for injection, for subcutaneous use

Read these Instructions for Use before you start using SOMAVERT and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment. Your healthcare provider should show you or a caregiver how to inject SOMAVERT the right way before you inject it for the first time.

SOMAVERT is available in two types of packaging:

  • One Day Package (containing one single-dose vial of SOMAVERT powder, a prefilled syringe, and a safety needle)
  • 30-Day Package (containing three intermediate cartons of 10 single-dose vials of SOMAVERT powder, 30 prefilled syringes, and 30 safety needles)
  • Before you mix the SOMAVERT powder and the liquid:
    • Store SOMAVERT in a refrigerator at 36 ºF to 46 ºF (2 ºC to 8 ºC).
    • For convenience, the One Day Package and intermediate cartons in the 30-Day Package containing the SOMAVERT vial(s), may be stored at room temperature up to 77°F (25°C) for a single period of up to 30 days.
      • In the space provided on the carton, record the date when the carton was removed from the refrigerator and the discard date (30 days after removal from the refrigerator).
      • Once the carton has been stored at room temperature, it should not be placed back into the refrigerator. If not used within 30 days at room temperature, the vial(s) should be thrown away.
  • Throw away the SOMAVERT vial(s) after the expiration date printed on the carton or the discard date, whichever is sooner.
  • The prefilled syringe(s) maybe stored at temperature up to 86°F (30°C) until the expiration date printed on the carton. After that time, they should be thrown away.
  • Do not freeze SOMAVERT.

Important:

  • Do not share your SOMAVERT syringes or needles with other people. You may give other people a serious infection, or get an infection from them.
  • SOMAVERT comes in a vial as a white block of powder. You must mix SOMAVERT with a liquid (diluent) before you can use it. The liquid comes in a single-dose prefilled syringe labeled 'Sterile Water for Injection'. Do not use any other liquid to mix with SOMAVERT.
  • You must use the mixed SOMAVERT immediately after you mix it. If you have not used the mixed SOMAVERT immediately, throw it away.

Step 1. Things you need

  • A vial of SOMAVERT powder.
  • A prefilled syringe.
  • A safety needle.

You will also need:

  • A cotton ball.
  • An alcohol swab.
  • A sharps disposal container. See " Step 17. Dispose
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    • Put your used syringes in a FDA cleared sharps disposal container right away after use.
    • Do not throw away (dispose of) syringes in your household trash.
      Note: If you do not have a FDA cleared sharps disposal container, please refer to the safe syringe disposal information on the right hand side of this leaflet.

    Step 18. After injection

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    • If necessary, use a clean cotton ball and press lightly on the injection area.
    • Do not rub the area.

    QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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What should I do if anything has accidentally touched the vial stopper?

  • Clean the vial stopper with a fresh alcohol wipe, and leave it to dry completely. If you are unable to clean the stopper, do not use the vial.

What should I do if anything has accidentally touched the vial stopper?

  • Clean the vial stopper with a fresh alcohol wipe, and leave it to dry completely. If you are unable to clean the stopper, do not use the vial.
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What should I do with the syringe if it has been dropped?

  • Do not use it even if it looks undamaged. Dispose of the syringe in the same way as a used syringe. You will need a replacement syringe.

What should I do with the syringe if it has been dropped?

  • Do not use it even if it looks undamaged. Dispose of the syringe in the same way as a used syringe. You will need a replacement syringe.
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How many times can I safely insert the needle into the vial stopper?

  • Only 1 time. Withdrawing and reinserting greatly increases the risk of needle damage, and will blunt the needle. This can cause discomfort and increases risk of skin damage and infection. There is also a risk you...

How many times can I safely insert the needle into the vial stopper?

  • Only 1 time. Withdrawing and reinserting greatly increases the risk of needle damage, and will blunt the needle. This can cause discomfort and increases risk of skin damage and infection. There is also a risk you may lose some of the medicine.
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Is it okay to shake the vial if the powder is not dissolving?

  • No. Never shake the vial. Shaking can destroy the medicine and create foam. The powder may take a few minutes to dissolve fully, so continue swirling the vial gently until the liquid is completely clear.

Is it okay to shake the vial if the powder is not dissolving?

  • No. Never shake the vial. Shaking can destroy the medicine and create foam. The powder may take a few minutes to dissolve fully, so continue swirling the vial gently until the liquid is completely clear.
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How can I tell if there is any foam in the vial?

  • Foam looks like a mass of small bubbles that float as a layer to the top of the liquid. Do not inject SOMAVERT if it has foamed.
...

How can I tell if there is any foam in the vial?

  • Foam looks like a mass of small bubbles that float as a layer to the top of the liquid. Do not inject SOMAVERT if it has foamed.
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How can I prevent the medicine from foaming?

  • Press the plunger very slowly so that the liquid gently runs down the inside of the vial. Do not spray the liquid directly onto the powder, because this creates foam. This will also reduce the swirling time and allow more of the medicine...

How can I prevent the medicine from foaming?

  • Press the plunger very slowly so that the liquid gently runs down the inside of the vial. Do not spray the liquid directly onto the powder, because this creates foam. This will also reduce the swirling time and allow more of the medicine to be drawn off.

I can see some air in the syringe. Is this okay?

  • Tiny air bubbles in the liquid are normal and are safe to inject. However, it is possible to accidently draw air into the syringe, which should be removed before injecting. Bubbles or air gaps that float to the top of the liquid should be pushed back out into the vial.
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Why can I not get all of the medicine out of the vial?

  • The shape of the vial means that a very small amount of the medicine will be left behind in the vial. This is normal. To ensure that only a trace of medicine remains, make sure the needle tip is as low as it can be in the vial...

Why can I not get all of the medicine out of the vial?

  • The shape of the vial means that a very small amount of the medicine will be left behind in the vial. This is normal. To ensure that only a trace of medicine remains, make sure the needle tip is as low as it can be in the vial when drawing off your dose.
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What should I do if I have any doubts about my medicine?

  • For more information, go to www.SOMAVERT.com or call 1-800-645-1280.

Safe syringe disposal information

If you do not have a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, you may use a...

What should I do if I have any doubts about my medicine?

  • For more information, go to www.SOMAVERT.com or call 1-800-645-1280.

Safe syringe disposal information

If you do not have a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, you may use a household container that is:

  • made of heavy-duty plastic,
  • can be closed with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid, without sharps being able to come out,
  • upright and stable during use, leak-resistant, and
  • properly labeled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container.

When your sharps disposal container is almost full, you will need to follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of your sharps disposal container. There may be state or local laws about how you should throw away used needles and syringes.

For more information about safe sharps disposal, and for specific information about sharps disposal in the state that you live in, go to the FDA's website at: http://www.fda.gov/safesharpsdisposal

This Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Revised: August 2021

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Full Patient Information

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Full Patient Information

17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information and Instructions for Use).

Inform patients (and/or their caregivers) of the following information to aid in the safe and effective use of SOMAVERT:

  • Not to use SOMAVERT if they are allergic to SOMAVERT or anything in it.
  • They will need blood testing to check IGF-I levels and liver tests before and during treatment with SOMAVERT and that the dose of SOMAVERT may be changed based on the results of these tests.
  • SOMAVERT has not been studied in pregnant women and instruct them to notify their healthcare provider as soon as they are aware that they are pregnant.
  • It is not known whether SOMAVERT is excreted in human milk and instruct them to notify their healthcare provider if they plan to do so.
  • Pregnancy: Inform female patients that treatment with SOMAVERT may result in unintended pregnancy [see
    This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Revised: 8/2021
    PATIENT INFORMATION
    SOMAVERT (SOM-ah-vert)
    (pegvisomant)
    for injection, for subcutaneous use
    What is SOMAVERT?
    SOMAVERT is a prescription medicine used to treat people who have too much growth hormone (acromegaly).
    SOMAVERT is used to treat people who are not able to be treated or have not already been helped by surgery or radiation.
    It is not known if SOMAVERT is safe and effective in children.
    Before you use SOMAVERT, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
    • are allergic to pegvisomant or any of the ingredients in SOMAVERT. Do not take SOMAVERT if you are allergic to pegvisomant or any of the ingredients in SOMAVERT. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in SOMAVERT.
    • have diabetes
    • have or have had liver problems
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if SOMAVERT will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while using SOMAVERT.
    • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if SOMAVERT passes into your breast milk. You and your health care provider should decide how you will feed your baby if you take SOMAVERT.
    Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
    SOMAVERT may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how SOMAVERT works.
    Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:
    • insulin or other medicines used to treat diabetes
    • narcotics (opioid medicines). Your healthcare provider may change your dose of SOMAVERT if you take opioids.
    If you are not sure, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist whether you take these medicines.
    How should I use SOMAVERT?
    • Read the Instructions for Use at the end of this Patient Information for information about the right way to use SOMAVERT.
    • Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) levels before you start and while you use SOMAVERT. Your healthcare provider may need to change your dose of SOMAVERT.
    • SOMAVERT is given 1 time each day as an injection under your skin (subcutaneous). Some people may need to give 2 injections for their dose each day. Your healthcare provider will tell you if you need to give 2 injections for your dose.
    • Your first injection of SOMAVERT should be given by your healthcare provider.
    • Your healthcare provider will teach you or your caregiver how to use SOMAVERT.
    • If you use too much SOMAVERT, call your healthcare provider right away.
    • If you miss a dose of SOMAVERT, just take the next dose at the regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time. If you are not sure about your dosing, ask your healthcare provider.
    What are the possible side effects of SOMAVERT?
    SOMAVERT may cause serious side effects, including:
    • changes in your blood sugar level. Your healthcare provider may change your dose of diabetes medicine while you take SOMAVERT.
    • liver problems. Stop injecting SOMAVERT right away and call your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms of liver problems:
    • yellowing of your eyes (jaundice)
    • dark, amber-colored urine
    • feeling very tired (fatigue or exhaustion)
    • nausea and vomiting
    • pain in your stomach (abdomen)
    • generalized swelling
    • bruising easily
    • skin thickening at your injection site that could lead to lumps (lipohypertrophy)
    • allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
    • swelling of your face, tongue, lips, or throat
    • wheezing or trouble breathing
    • skin rash, redness, or swelling
    • sever itching
    • dizziness or fainting
    The most common side effects of SOMAVERT include:
    • pain
    • infection
    • nausea
    • flu syndrome
    • injection site reaction
    • diarrhea
    • abnormal liver tests. If your liver test results are too high, you may have to have more frequent liver tests
    These are not all of the possible side effects of SOMAVERT. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
    Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
    Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
    How should I store SOMAVERT?
    • Before you mix the SOMAVERT powder and the liquid:
      • Store SOMAVERT in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
      • For convenience, the One Day Package and intermediate cartons in the 30-Day Package containing the SOMAVERT vial(s), may be stored at room temperature up to 77°F (25°C) for a single period of up to 30 days.
        • In the space provided on the carton, record the date when the carton was removed from the refrigerator and the discard date (30 days after removal from the refrigerator).
        • Once the carton has been stored at room temperature, it should not be placed back into the refrigerator. If not used within 30 days at room temperature, the vial(s) should be thrown away.
    • Throw away the SOMAVERT vial(s) after the expiration date printed on the carton or the discard date, whichever is sooner.
    • The prefilled syringe(s) maybe stored at temperature up to 86°F (30°C) until the expiration date printed on the carton. After that time, they should be thrown away.
    • Do not freeze SOMAVERT.
    • Read the INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE for the right way to mix SOMAVERT.
    • After you mix the SOMAVERT powder and liquid:
      • Keep the mixed SOMAVERT at room temperature between 59°F to 77°F (15°C to 25°C).
      • Keep SOMAVERT inside the vial or the syringe until you are ready to inject it.
      • You must use the mixed SOMAVERT immediately after you mix it.
      • If you have not used the mixed SOMAVERT immediately, throw it away.
    Keep SOMAVERT and all medicines out of the reach of children.
    General information about the safe and effective use of SOMAVERT.
    Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use SOMAVERT for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give SOMAVERT to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
    This Patient Information summarizes the most important information about SOMAVERT. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about SOMAVERT that is written for health professionals.
    What are the ingredients in SOMAVERT?
    Active ingredient: pegvisomant, including polyethylene glycol
    Inactive ingredients: glycine, mannitol, sodium dihydrogen phosphate monohydrate, and sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous.

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    U.S. License No. 1216
    LAB-0783-3.0
    For more information, go to www.SOMAVERT.com or call 1-800-645-1280.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

SOMAVERT® (SOM-ah-vert)
(pegvisomant)
for injection, for subcutaneous use

Read these Instructions for Use before you start using SOMAVERT and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment. Your healthcare provider should show you or a caregiver how to inject SOMAVERT the right way before you inject it for the first time.

SOMAVERT is available in two types of packaging:

  • One Day Package (containing one single-dose vial of SOMAVERT powder, a prefilled syringe, and a safety needle)
  • 30-Day Package (containing three intermediate cartons of 10 single-dose vials of SOMAVERT powder, 30 prefilled syringes, and 30 safety needles)
  • Before you mix the SOMAVERT powder and the liquid:
    • Store SOMAVERT in a refrigerator at 36 ºF to 46 ºF (2 ºC to 8 ºC).
    • For convenience, the One Day Package and intermediate cartons in the 30-Day Package containing the SOMAVERT vial(s), may be stored at room temperature up to 77°F (25°C) for a single period of up to 30 days.
      • In the space provided on the carton, record the date when the carton was removed from the refrigerator and the discard date (30 days after removal from the refrigerator).
      • Once the carton has been stored at room temperature, it should not be placed back into the refrigerator. If not used within 30 days at room temperature, the vial(s) should be thrown away.
  • Throw away the SOMAVERT vial(s) after the expiration date printed on the carton or the discard date, whichever is sooner.
  • The prefilled syringe(s) maybe stored at temperature up to 86°F (30°C) until the expiration date printed on the carton. After that time, they should be thrown away.
  • Do not freeze SOMAVERT.

Important:

  • Do not share your SOMAVERT syringes or needles with other people. You may give other people a serious infection, or get an infection from them.
  • SOMAVERT comes in a vial as a white block of powder. You must mix SOMAVERT with a liquid (diluent) before you can use it. The liquid comes in a single-dose prefilled syringe labeled 'Sterile Water for Injection'. Do not use any other liquid to mix with SOMAVERT.
  • You must use the mixed SOMAVERT immediately after you mix it. If you have not used the mixed SOMAVERT immediately, throw it away.

Step 1. Things you need

  • A vial of SOMAVERT powder.
  • A prefilled syringe.
  • A safety needle.

You will also need:

  • A cotton ball.
  • An alcohol swab.
  • A sharps disposal container. See " Step 17. Dispose
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    • Put your used syringes in a FDA cleared sharps disposal container right away after use.
    • Do not throw away (dispose of) syringes in your household trash.
      Note: If you do not have a FDA cleared sharps disposal container, please refer to the safe syringe disposal information on the right hand side of this leaflet.

    Step 18. After injection

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    • If necessary, use a clean cotton ball and press lightly on the injection area.
    • Do not rub the area.

    QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

    What should I do if anything has accidentally touched the vial stopper?

    • Clean the vial stopper with a fresh alcohol wipe, and leave it to dry completely. If you are unable to clean the stopper, do not use the vial.

    What should I do with the syringe if it has been dropped?

    • Do not use it even if it looks undamaged. Dispose of the syringe in the same way as a used syringe. You will need a replacement syringe.

    How many times can I safely insert the needle into the vial stopper?

    • Only 1 time. Withdrawing and reinserting greatly increases the risk of needle damage, and will blunt the needle. This can cause discomfort and increases risk of skin damage and infection. There is also a risk you may lose some of the medicine.

    Is it okay to shake the vial if the powder is not dissolving?

    • No. Never shake the vial. Shaking can destroy the medicine and create foam. The powder may take a few minutes to dissolve fully, so continue swirling the vial gently until the liquid is completely clear.

    How can I tell if there is any foam in the vial?

    • Foam looks like a mass of small bubbles that float as a layer to the top of the liquid. Do not inject SOMAVERT if it has foamed.
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    How can I prevent the medicine from foaming?

    • Press the plunger very slowly so that the liquid gently runs down the inside of the vial. Do not spray the liquid directly onto the powder, because this creates foam. This will also reduce the swirling time and allow more of the medicine to be drawn off.

    I can see some air in the syringe. Is this okay?

    • Tiny air bubbles in the liquid are normal and are safe to inject. However, it is possible to accidently draw air into the syringe, which should be removed before injecting. Bubbles or air gaps that float to the top of the liquid should be pushed back out into the vial.

    Why can I not get all of the medicine out of the vial?

    • The shape of the vial means that a very small amount of the medicine will be left behind in the vial. This is normal. To ensure that only a trace of medicine remains, make sure the needle tip is as low as it can be in the vial when drawing off your dose.

    What should I do if I have any doubts about my medicine?

    • For more information, go to www.SOMAVERT.com or call 1-800-645-1280.

    Safe syringe disposal information

    If you do not have a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, you may use a household container that is:

    • made of heavy-duty plastic,
    • can be closed with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid, without sharps being able to come out,
    • upright and stable during use, leak-resistant, and
    • properly labeled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container.

    When your sharps disposal container is almost full, you will need to follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of your sharps disposal container. There may be state or local laws about how you should throw away used needles and syringes.

    For more information about safe sharps disposal, and for specific information about sharps disposal in the state that you live in, go to the FDA's website at: http://www.fda.gov/safesharpsdisposal

    This Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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    U.S. License No. 1216
    LAB-0784-2.0
    Revised: August 2021

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