Generic Nasonex will soon be available for allergy sufferers. Apotex, is a generic pharmaceutical company, based in Florida, has successfully gotten FDA approval of the generic Nasonex (mometasone furoate).
Generic Nasonex will still need a prescription. This is different than over the counter nasal steroid sprays that are available without a prescription from your doctor. There are currently 3 over the counter nasal steroid sprays available. Flonase, Nasocort and Rhinocort.
Flonase will go Over the Counter (OTC)
Nasocort is now Over the Counter (OTC)
Rhinocort OTC is now available
Many insurance companies are not covering any prescription nasal steroid sprays because others are available over the counter as we mentioned earlier. Although some patients seem to respond better to one more than another. Recently newer types of nasal steroid sprays have come on the market, Qnasl and Zetonna. These are nasal aerosol sprays that are not in a liquid form, so patients do not get the post nasal drip symptoms.
Generic Nasonex likely won’t be as cost prohibitive as the branded version of Nasonex, making it more affordable for patients. Nasonex is the only nasal steroid spray that has an indication for nasal polyps.
Seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis is a major problem in the United States. Many allergy sufferers are allergic to allergens such as tree pollen, grass pollen, weed pollen, dust mites, cat dander, dog dander and molds. First line treatment for nasal congestion symptoms are nasal steroid sprays such as Nasonex. Generic Nasonex will be very helpful to many patients who did not insurance coverage for the branded version Nasonex, although it remains to be seen if insurance carriers will cover generic Nasonex or they still may say the patient will have to try over the counter versions of nasal steroid sprays such as Flonase, Nasocort or Rhinocort.