Veramyst Nasal Spray: The Newest Prescription to OTC Drug Approval

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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You may have noticed more medications available in the store that used to require a prescription—and the newest prescription med to make the switch is Veramyst allergy relief nasal spray.

The status change for Veramyst was approved by the FDA on August 2nd, 2016. Veramyst is used mainly for the treatment of symptoms associated with seasonal and perennial allergies (rhinitis). It will be sold over-the-counter as Flonase Sensimist.

Veramyst has been a popular prescription treatment, and you will now be able to find it (as Flonase Sensimist) on the shelves of your local pharmacy without a visit to your doctor.

So, what is the difference between the prescription and the OTC version of a drug like Veramyst?

You should know that before the status of these medications can be changed, the FDA requires that they are evaluated for both safety and efficacy, so the OTC version is just as safe and effective as the prescription version.

Having medications available without a prescription gives you the liberty to decide which medication you think will be right to treat your specific symptoms. These options may be more convenient and less expensive.

Typically, the medications that are available over-the-counter treat conditions that do not require extra monitoring or follow-up with a healthcare provider, and can be used at your discretion. However, it is important to follow directions listed on the packaging, and ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

Will OTC Flonase Sensimist be the same strength as the prescription version Veramyst?

Yes. OTC Flonase Sensimist will be the exact same strength (27.5mcg/spray) as the current prescription product.

What is an advantage of using OTC Flonase Sensimist?

Convenience. Because Flonase Sensimist will be available without a prescription, you will no longer need to see your doctor to get a refill.

The second advantage is that you get the same prescription strength, 27.5mcg/spray, as the current prescription product.

What is a disadvantage of using OTC Flonase Sensimist?

The main disadvantage is the cost. Because Flonase Sensimist will be available OTC, the original prescription-only product may be available in a generic form soon, as fluticasone furoate. If this generic becomes available, it can be billed to your prescription insurance, and your co-pay may be lower than the cash prices of OTC Flonase Sensimist.

Are there other allergy nasal sprays available without a prescription?

Yes! Nasacort Allergy (OTC Nasacort AQ),  Flonase Allergy Relief (OTC Flonase) and Rhinocort Allergy (OTC Rhinocort) are also available without a prescription.

Want more information?

Check out the news release from the FDA here.

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