Shortage Alert: Nasonex for Allergies Not Available in Pharmacies

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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As of September 15, 2015 Merck announced that its steroid nasal spray, Nasonex (mometasone furoate), will be out of stock for the next few months.

Nasonex is only available as a brand-name product. Since no other brand or generic manufacturers are currently allowed to make it, the shortage will almost definitely affect you if you take Nasonex.

What is the reason for the backorder?

The manufacturer has stated that the shortage is due to a manufacturing issue. There has not been a recall, and there are no issues with any Nasonex still on your pharmacy’s shelves.

When will Nasonex be available again?

It’s anticipated that Nasonex will back in stock by November or December 2015.

What can my pharmacy do to help?

Your pharmacist can call your doctor and ask him or her to consider other similar steroid nasal sprays if you need to fill your prescription during the shortage.

Your pharmacist can also suggest a similar over-the-counter (OTC) alternative. There are several options now available in the aisles of your pharmacy or grocery store.

What are my other prescription options?

These are similar prescription steroid nasal sprays that your doctor may prescribe you instead of Nasonex:

What are my OTC options?

Both Flonase Allergy Relief and Nasacort Allergy 24HR are steroid nasal sprays that are now available without a prescription. Your pharmacist, doctor, or healthcare provider can help you figure out which one may be right for you.

What is the best choice to help me save?

If you have insurance, it may be better to have your doctor write or call-in a new prescription rather than choose one off of the shelf, especially if there is a generic option available. Filling a prescription will allow your pharmacy to bill your prescription insurance to help cover the cost.

The OTC options may offer more savings if you’re uninsured, but prescription generic steroid nasal sprays can still cost as little as $15 (sometimes less) with a GoodRx coupon.

Where can I find more information?

See this announcement from the FDA regarding the Nasonex shortage.

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