WHIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bayer announced today that prescription-strength Astepro® Allergy (Azelastine HCI .15%) is now available over-the-counter (OTC) in retail stores nationwide. It is the first and only OTC steroid-free, antihistamine nasal spray for indoor and outdoor allergies, and the only OTC allergy spray that starts working in 30 minutes, while others take hours.
Astepro® Allergy provides temporary relief of nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing and itchy nose due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies to adults and children 6 years of age and older. The treatment, which received prescription-to-OTC approval from the FDA last year, will provide more than 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies each year access toi ready anytime, fast allergy relief.
“At Bayer, our mission is to provide products that allow people to live healthier lives every day, and that means providing proven relief from their seasonal and indoor allergies symptoms any time they strike,” said Catherine Vennat, VP/GM, Upper Respiratory, Bayer Consumer Health U.S. “Allergy sufferers now have access to the fastest, 24-hour nasal allergy medicine available OTC with steroid-free Astepro® Allergy – a breakthrough in the category. With the sheer speed of our product, allergy sufferers can embrace the moment without worrying about when they will feel relief.”
This prescription-strength OTC formulation includes a number of benefits, one of which is flexible once or twice daily dosing that provides up to 24-hour relief. Other nasal allergy sprays require three to four days of continuous use for full effectiveness. Astepro® Allergy is available nationwide at mass retail locations. For more information, please visit https://www.asteproallergy.com/ or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
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