Should Humatrope be used to increase the heights of short children who are otherwise healthy?

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Should Humatrope be used to increase the heights of short children who are otherwise healthy? Today, there are many questions facing thousands of parents; according to Your Time/Health (p. 69) one of which includes ‘should a child who is short but otherwise perfectly healthy be given growth hormones to make him or her taller?’ The Food and Drugs Administration’s (FDA) decision relatively five years ago has approved the use of Human Growth Hormone or also known as the HGH for children whose adult height is predicted less than five feet three inches for males and four feet eleven inches for females. Human Growth Hormone is found that it plays an important role in the human body and how it can be used to help those who faced issues with growth. In previous summers, the Food and Drug Administration approved Eli Lilly & Co.’s Humatrope- a new combination of genes that form DNA or a recombinant version of the body’s own natural occurring growth hormone, according to Newsweek (p.58) targeted at children with “idiopathic short stature” or shortness for unknown medical reasons. Additionally, clinical studies have found out that Humatrope added several inches to the children’s original height. In my opinion, I think that Humatrope should not be used to increase the heights of short children who are otherwise healthy for a number of reasons. Firstly, according to the New York Times Magazine, the Humatrope has proved not to be producing any significant health risks but is it worth gaining two inches in adult height worth the effort, money and unknown long term risks? Studies have not yet determined what the risks are by using Humatrope in the long term. Humatrope, in other words met the regulatory tests for safety and power to produce a desired effect; but bioethicists or a person who assists the health care and research community in examining moral issues involved in our

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