If the agency approves the recommendation of its advisors, Nasacort AQ
would become the first intranasal corticosteroid to be sold O-T-C in the United States.
from 1995 to 2000 misreported so-called best prices for steroid-based anti-inflammatory nasal sprays Azmacort, Nasacort and Nasacort AQ
, the Justice Department said in a statement.
TABLE Intranasal steroids for treating allergic rhinitis Cost per Drug Usual adult dosages month * Beclomethasone dipropionate Beconase AQ 2 sprays/nostril qd $44 Vancenase AQ 2 sprays/nostril qd $40 Budesonide Rhinocort AQ 2 sprays/nostril bid $48 Flunisolide Nasarel 2 sprays/nostril bid $44 Nasalide 2 sprays/nostril bid $46 Fluticasone propionate Flonase 2 sprays/nostril qd $53 Mometasone furoate Nasonex 2 sprays/nostril qd $56 Triamcinolone acetonide Nasacort AQ
2 sprays/nostril qd $56 bid, twice a day; qd, every day.
The sales force currently promotes products from the Aventis respiratory portfolio -- Nasacort AQ
(triamcinolone acetonide) and the Allegra (fexofenadine HCl) family, and will continue to do so after the September 2002 transfer.