WebMD Medical News
Daniel J. DeNoon
Laura J. Martin, MD
Jan. 25, 2011 -- The FDA today approved over-the-counter sale of Allegra, the best-selling antihistamine also sold generically as fexofenadine.
Allegra maker Sanofi-aventis says Allegra will be on retail shelves on March 4, in plenty of time for spring allergy season.
Other Allegra products will also be sold over the counter. In addition to Allegra 24-Hour and 12-Hour Tablets for adults and children ages 12 and older, these products include:
Allegra-D products combine the antihistamine fexofenadine with the decongestantpseudoephedrine.
How much will it cost? "Pricing for the Allegra family of OTC products will be at the discretion of each retailer," a spokesperson for Sanofi-aventis U.S. tells WebMD via email.
Several companies sell generic fexofenadine but have not yet announced their plans for OTC sale.
News release, Sanofi-aventis U.S.Sanofi-aventis U.S. web site.Jennifer Paganelli, Cohn & Wolfe public relations.
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