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Allegheny Health Network Allergist Opposes OTC Sales of Corticosteroids in FDA Testimony, Citing Safety Concerns
Date:7/31/2013

Silver Spring, Md. (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

David P. Skoner, MD, Director of the Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Department of Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), will testify today before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in opposition to making triamcinolone acetonide nasal spray available over the counter. Currently, triamcinolone acetonide nasal spray is available only by prescription.

Dr. Skoner was chosen to represent the positions of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in recommending against over-the-counter sales of triamcinolone acetonide nasal spray (brand names include Nasacort) due to safety concerns.

Corticosteroids hold the potential for causing adverse effects on a patient’s eyes, bones, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal glands, and to stunt a child’s growth, Dr. Skoner said. The effects can be insidious and not noticed for several years. In addition, Dr. Skoner said, patients could have access to corticosteroids in other forms, raising the potential for adverse effects. The effect of combining inhaled nasal corticosteroids with other inhaled steroids has not been studied.

Drug manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis US has asked the FDA for permission to sell triamcinolone acetonide nasal spray over the counter. It is used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies, including nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing
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