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February 13, 2014

Nasacort AQ Steroid Nasal Spray NOW Available OTC!

Sanofi announced in 2013 that the FDA had approved Nasacort steroid nasal spray to be made available over-the-counter (OTC) starting sometime spring 2014.

Well... It's now available for about $20. Here's where you can get it on Amazon.com.

Nasacort is a steroid nasal spray used to treat allergies in patients starting from the age of 2 years old. It is similar to prescription steroid nasal sprays like flonase, nasonex, etc. It is also the very first steroid nasal spray made OTC in the United States which can be both a blessing as well as a curse.

Why?

With Nasacort going OTC which will certainly make it more convenient for patients, I also anticipate that the other prescription steroid nasal sprays including flonase, nasonex, qnasl, zetonna, veramyst, etc will become much harder to prescribe due to insurance requiring patients to use OTC Nasacort first. Worst case, insurance may even simply stop paying for the prescription steroid nasal sprays.

After all, this is exactly what happened with prescription reflux and anti-histamine medications.

Source:
FDA Approves Sanofi's Nasacort(R) Allergy 24HR for Over-the-Counter Use. Wall Street Journal 10/11/13

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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