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Zorbtive® is a brand of growth hormone made by EMD Serono. It is used to mimic the growth hormone that is in a person’s body. Zorbtive® is currently FDA-approved for treatment of short bowel syndrome in conjunction with dietary management in order to improve absorption of nutrients from your intestine.

Zorbtive® is given as an injection. Zorbtive® requires a valid prescription from your prescriber. Ocean Breeze Healthcare can provide the Zorbtive® along with the supplies you would need to administer Zorbtive®.

What form is Zorbtive® currently available?

Zorbtive® is currently available as a dry powder vial.

Each vial contains 8.8 mg of active drug. The vial needs to be reconstituted, or mixed, with the diluent (the clear liquid solution) provided in the same box as the drug vial.

What are some potential side effects of Zorbtive®?

Zorbtive is generally well by most people. While unlikely, possible side effects include, but are not limited to, injection site reactions such as rash, redness or bruising. Other possible side effects are swelling, joint pains, and pancreatitis.

If you are experiencing any unwanted side effect(s) or have any specific questions or concerns regarding a side effect, contact your doctor or pharmacist. You may also report the side effect(s) to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

How do you administer Zorbtive®?

Zorbtive® needs to be injected subcutaneously in order for the medication to work.

Zorbtive® vial needs to be mixed with its diluent, or mixing liquid, before it is ready for injection. Ocean Breeze will provide you with the necessary needle and syringe for reconstitution. Gently rototate the solution until the contents are dissolved completely. Once the drug is mixed, it can be injected with a prepackaged syringe with needle. Be sure to use new, sealed needle and syringe each time. Your doctor will tell you the exact type of needles and syringes to use to inject your Zorbtive®. For details on injecting Zorbtive®, please refer to patient information handout (PDF: Zorbtive Patient Information 01_2012).

How do you store Zorbtive®?

Zorbtive® may be stored in the room temperature (up to 80° Fahrenheit) before mixing. Once the vial is mixed with the diluent, Zorbtive® needs to be stored in refrigerator (36 – 46° Fahrenheit) at all times. Do not Freeze Zorbtive®.

How long does Zorbtive® last?

Before opening, Zorbtive® is stable until the indicated expiration date listed on the packaging. Once the vial has been opened and the dry powder is mixed with the diluent, the mixed solution is stable for up to 14 days.

Each vial of Zorbtive® may last for several injections depending on the prescribed dose.

List of Commonly Asked Questions

Q:How do you mix Zorbtive®?
A:Zorbtive® vials need to be mixed with the provided diluent before injection. For instructions on how to mix the Zorbtive®, please read (PDF: Zorbtive Patient Information Leaflet).
Q:Are there any preservatives in Zorbtive®?
A:Yes, Zorbtive® contains benzyl alcohol.
Q:How often do I take Zorbtive®?
A:You should be injected under the skin at the dose exactly prescribed by your doctor. In general, Zorbtive® is given as a once-a-day injection.

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Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. You should read carefully all product packaging. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider. Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 333 (e) (1), which limits usage only to the treatment of disease or other recognized medical conditions authorized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Ocean Breeze Healthcare does not dispense human growth hormone for anti-aging, cosmetic or performance enhancement purposes.


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