Great news for allergy sufferers across America. Today Sanofi announced that Nasacort® Allergy 24HR Nasal Spray is available over the counter (OTC) in the United States. Now if you’re like me and my family – already diagnosed with airborne allergies – you need only to go to your local pharmacy and ask them where they’re stocking their bottle of Nasacort®. For those of you who are not diagnosed with seasonal allergies yet, or who haven’t been to see a practitioner in a number of years, please consider a quick trip to your healthcare provider to see what he or she has to say.
Here’s the video just released from Sanofi:
And here’s a partial press release:
BRIDGEWATER, NJ, February 4, 2014 —Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and its U.S. consumer healthcare division Chattem announced today that Nasacort® Allergy 24HR Nasal Spray is now available over-the-counter (OTC) in the U.S. to relieve the full range of seasonal and year-round nasal allergy symptoms, including nasal congestion, in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Nasacort Allergy 24HR is the first and only medicine in its class to be available at full prescription strength without the need for a prescription.
“Now that Nasacort Allergy 24HR is available over-the-counter, the millions of people who suffer from seasonal and year-round allergies have easier access to the gold standard treatment for nasal allergy symptoms,” said Zan Guerry, Chief Executive Officer, Chattem.
More than 60 million Americans suffer from seasonal and year-round hay fever and other upper respiratory allergies. Symptoms of nasal allergies, which include sneezing, itchy nose, runny nose and nasal congestion, can lead to a major disruption in the quality of life for both adults and children. Nasal allergies can interfere with sleep, outdoor activities, and for children, their performance in school.