Protropin, Somatrem for injection

Protropin, Somatrem for injection

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Description (Brief)
Protropin is an injectable, recombinant pharmaceutical that is used to treat children with growth problems stemming from an inability to produce their own growth hormone.
Recombinant pharmaceuticals are created by inserting genes from one species into a host species, often yeast or bacteria, where they do not naturally occur. The genes code for a desired product, and therefore the genetically modified host organisms can be grown and used as a kind of living factory to produce the product. In this case, genes coding for human growth hormone are inserted into bacteria. Bacteria produce the growth hormone, which is harvested and used as the active ingredient in Protropin.
Object consists of a light blue, white, and red cardboard box with dark blue and red printing. Box contains two product inserts and a white plastic tray with a clear plastic lid. Tray holds four glass bottles with plastic and metal lids and white and blue labels. The two bottles with light blue lids contain white powder (active drug) and the two bottles with dark blue lids contain a clear solution (bacteriostatic water for injection).
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Object Name
date made
before December 1993
Genentech, Inc.
place made
United States: California, South San Francisco
Physical Description
somatrem (drug active ingredients)
overall: 2 5/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 5/8 in; 6.6675 cm x 9.525 cm x 9.2075 cm
overall: 3 5/8 in x 4 in x 2 3/4 in; 9.2075 cm x 10.16 cm x 6.985 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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