Mechanism of Action

SOMAVERT has a distinct mechanism of action to normalize IGF-I levels1,6
SOMAVERT is the only GH receptor antagonist for acromegaly1,6,7
  • SOMAVERT works by blocking GH receptors, therefore reducing IGF-I production1,7
  • SOMAVERT was designed to act independently of pituitary tumor SSTR expression, directly antagonizing GH activity in the liver, thus reducing IGF-I production1,3,7
GH, growth hormone; SSTR, somatostatin receptor.
1. SOMAVERT [prescribing information]. New York, NY: Pfizer Inc.; 2019.
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3. Trainer PJ, Drake WM, Katznelson L, et al. Treatment of acromegaly with the growth hormone–receptor antagonist pegvisomant. N Engl J Med. 2000;342(16):1171-1177.
4. Data on file. Pfizer Inc., New York, NY.
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9. van der Lely AJ, Hutson RK, Trainer PJ, et al. Long-term treatment of acromegaly with pegvisomant, a growth hormone receptor antagonist. Lancet. 2001;358(9295):1754-1759.
10. Parkinson C, Drake WM, Roberts ME, Meeran K, Besser GM, Trainer PJ. A comparison of the effects of pegvisomant and octreotide on glucose, insulin, gastrin, cholecystokinin, and pancreatic polypeptide responses to oral glucose and a standard mixed meal. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2002;87(4):1797-1804.
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