Merck, the company that manufactures Nasonex, has entered into an agreement with Perrigo Company to make the nasal spray available over-the-counter. Currently, the spray is available in generic form, but it can be obtained only with a prescription.

The agreement means Perrigo will be able to pursue federal regulatory approval for a non-prescription version, called Nasonex OTC Nasal Spray. This will give patients an additional choice when selecting a nasal spray to relieve allergy symptoms.

Perrigo Company, established in 1887, is a global health care company. It’s one of the world’s largest producers of over-the-counter medicines, which it distributes throughout the U.S. and Europe.

In a press release, Perrigo President and CEO Uwe Roehrhoff commented, "We are excited to enter into this agreement with Merck & Co. This announcement exemplifies inorganic opportunities to expand the OTC self-care market while enhancing long-term growth in our U.S. consumer business. Perrigo is well positioned to provide quality affordable healthcare solutions to patients and families."

What is Nasonex?

Nasonex is a nasal steroidal spray. These sprays treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. These medications help relieve allergy symptoms such as:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose

Are there other products similar to Nasonex?

Some other nasal steroidal sprays that are available over-the-counter are Flonase, Veramyst, Nasocort and Rhinocort.

Which spray should I use to relieve my symptoms?

We don’t believe there is a “one-size-fits-all” approach to allergy treatment. You should speak with our experienced ENT physicians so we can review your history and help you determine which is right for you. 

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