Sanofi (France) (SAN.PA)'s Consumer Healthcare Division Chattem Announces Nasacort® Allergy 24HR Nasal Spray Now Available Without A Prescription In The U.S.
2/4/2014 11:44:32 AM
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.
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“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.
Nasacort is part of the most effective class of medicine for the treatment of hay fever and other upper respiratory allergies, and the only medicine in this class available OTC. It works differently than other over-the-counter treatments to relieve the full range of nasal allergy symptoms, including nasal congestion, by stopping more of the chemical responses that cause those symptoms.
“The launch of Nasacort Allergy 24HR represents our long-standing commitment to helping individuals living with allergies,” said Anne Whitaker, President North America Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi US. “This milestone builds on our heritage in the allergy category and our expertise in prescription to over-the-counter switches as we continue to expand our global consumer healthcare organization.”
Nasacort received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to switch from prescription to OTC on October 11, 2013, and is now available on retail shelves nationwide. For more information, visit www.nasacort.com.
Sanofi, an integrated global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).
Sanofi is the holding company of a consolidated group of subsidiaries and operates in the United States as Sanofi US, also referred to as sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC. For more information on Sanofi US, please visit http://www.sanofi.us or call 1-800-981-2491.
Chattem, Inc. is the U.S. consumer healthcare division of Sanofi. Founded in 1879 as the Chattanooga Medicine Company, Chattem is now one of the leading manufacturers and marketers of branded consumer healthcare products in the United States. With more than 30 well-known brands, including ACT® Fluoride Mouth Rinse, Allegra®, Cortizone-10®, Gold Bond®, Icy Hot®, Nasacort® Allergy 24HR, and Rolaids®, Chattem’s products are medicine cabinet staples in millions of homes. For more information, please visit www.chattem.com.
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