This is good news for allergy sufferers. The over the counter availability will begin in March 2011. It will be the same strength that is currently only available via a prescription. BD
Sanofi-Aventis U.S., and its U.S. Consumer Healthcare Division, Chattem, Inc., announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Allegra® family of allergy medication products for over-the-counter (OTC) use in adults and children two years of age and older. Additionally, Allegra-D®, which also relieves nasal congestion and sinus pressure, will be available without a prescription at the pharmacy counter for use in adults and children 12 years of age and older. Allegra® and Allegra-D® will be available in March 2011 in their original prescription strengths without a prescription.
The Allegra® family of OTC products will be available without a prescription for allergy sufferers in drug, grocery, mass merchandiser and club stores nationwide. This includes Allegra® 24-Hour and 12-Hour Tablets for adults and children 12 years of age and older; Children’s Allegra® 12-Hour Tablets for six years of age and older, and Liquid for use in two years of age and older; Children’s Allegra® 12-Hour Orally Disintegrating Tablets for use in six years of age and older; and Allegra-D® 24-Hour and 12-Hour Allergy and Congestion Extended Release Tablets (with a decongestant) for use in children 12 years of age and older.
People can visit www.Allegra.com for more information. If allergy sufferers have additional questions, they should talk to their allergist, pharmacist or other healthcare provider.