PRIVACY POLICY: EMD SERONO, INC. (“EMD SERONO”)

  1. General

EMD Serono respects the privacy of every individual who visits www.serostim.com (the “Web Site”). This Privacy Policy outlines the information EMD Serono will collect and how we will use that information.

  1. Personally Identifiable Information

There may be cases where EMD Serono will ask you for personally identifiable information such as your name, mailing address, and email address. For example, we may request personally identifiable information when you participate in a survey, contest, or other service that requires registration or subscription. EMD Serono will not collect any personally identifiable information about you unless you provide it to us voluntarily.

When you view the website, we may store some information on your computer. This information will be in the form of a “cookie” or similar file and will help us offer increased personalization and functionality. With most Internet browsers, you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about these functions.

Except as stated in this Privacy Policy, or as otherwise stated at the time personally identifiable information is gathered, we will not provide personally identifiable information to third parties who are not under the direction and control of EMD Serono.

  1. Children

The Web Site is not directed at individuals under 13 years of age, and EMD Serono does not intend to collect any personally identifiable information from such individuals, unless otherwise stated at the time such information is collected.

  1. Information Collected Automatically

EMD Serono may also automatically collect non–personally identifiable information about your use of the Web Site, such as the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an AOL account), the date and time you access the Web Site, and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our Web Site. This information will not be linked to personally identifiable information. EMD Serono may use this information to analyze and enhance the Web Site, and may aggregate this information and share such aggregated information with business partners, sponsors, and other third parties.

  1. Links to Other Websites

The Web Site may allow links to various other websites. EMD Serono assumes no responsibility for the information practices of sites you are able to access through the Web Site. These links to other sites do not imply affiliation or endorsement of a linked site.

  1. Security

The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with visitors to the Web Site is of utmost concern to us. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be secure. As a result, EMD Serono cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your personally identifiable information, we will take reasonable efforts to ensure its security on our systems.

  1. Your Acceptance of These Terms

By using the Web Site, you signify your assent to the EMD Serono Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Policy, please do not use the Web Site. Your continued use of the Web Site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes. EMD Serono will, however, use personally identifiable information only in accordance with the version of the Privacy Policy under which the information was collected.

  1. Terms and Conditions of Use

Use of the Web Site is governed by the EMD Serono Legal Statement.

Last updated March 2007.

INDICATION AND IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

You should not take SEROSTIM if you have:

  • A critical illness from surgery, serious injuries, or a severe breathing problem
  • Cancer or undergoing treatment for cancer
  • Eye problems caused by diabetes
  • Allergies to growth hormone

What should I tell my doctor before using SEROSTIM?

  • If you have cancer or had cancer in the past.
  • If you have diabetes, are at risk for getting diabetes, or have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal. New cases of type 2 diabetes have been reported in patients taking Serostim.
  • If you are allergic to growth hormone, or other ingredients such as benzyl alcohol, sucrose, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide, or metacresol
  • If you are taking any other medicines (both prescription or over the counter), vitamins, or supplements because these medicines may affect each other. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of Serostim or other medicines you are taking.
  • If you are nursing, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Serostim passes into your breast milk or could harm your unborn baby.

What are the most common side effects of SEROSTIM reported in clinical trials in patients treated for HIV-associated wasting or cachexia?

  • Swelling, especially in the hands or feet
  • Bone, muscle, and joint pain or stiffness
  • Tingling and numbness
  • Unusual skin sensations
  • Breast enlargement in men
  • Nausea
  • Extreme tiredness

Other less common but serious side effects of SEROSTIM are:

  • Tumors or cancerous growths
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia/diabetes) which can include symptoms of increased thirst and urination, tiredness, or trouble concentrating
  • Headaches, changes in vision, nausea or vomiting, which requires immediate medical attention
  • Serious allergic reactions that require immediate medical attention
  • Numbness and tingling in the hand or arm caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist
  • Injection site reactions (such as pain, numbness, redness, and swelling)
  • Pain and tenderness in the abdomen, which could be a sign of a problem with the pancreas

These are not all of the possible side effects. Let your doctor know about any side effects you experience.

How should you administer Serostim?

Patients and caregivers should be trained by a healthcare professional on how to mix and inject Serostim prior to use. Never share Serostim with another person, even if the needle is changed.

What is SEROSTIM® (somatropin) for injection?

Serostim is an injectable prescription medicine used for the treatment of HIV-positive patients with wasting or cachexia to increase lean body mass and body weight, and improve physical endurance. Treatment with antiretroviral therapy at the same time is necessary.


Please see the Prescribing Information for a complete list of Serostim Risk Information.