18.03.2009 22:11
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Alcon Launches Website for PATANASE® Nasal Spray

Nasal allergy sufferers now have a new online resource to gather information on symptoms and fast, effective nasal allergy treatment at http://www.patanase.com. Seasonal allergies affect about 40 to 50 million people in the United States alone, and are one of the most common causes of absenteeism from both work and school. PATANASE® nasal spray relieves the symptoms of allergies fast by going directly to the source. The nasal spray is steroid-free and marketed by Alcon Laboratories, Inc., the maker of the top two prescribed allergy eye drops, PATANOL® and PATADAY ophthalmic solutions. Alcon Laboratories, Inc. is an affiliate of Alcon, Inc. (NYSE:ACL).

"This website is a great resource since more patients are doing online research to learn about their allergies,” said Bobby Lanier, M.D. and clinical professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. "It addresses the important need for patients to understand their symptoms and how to get quick, safe relief.”

The new website includes facts about the causes of seasonal allergies as well as an interactive symptoms poll to prepare patients for an educated visit with their doctor. The site features the new nationwide advertising campaign for PATANASE® nasal spray with the commercial viewable on the homepage. Patients can also find complete product prescribing information and instructions for use along with a money-saving mail-in rebate.

About PATANASE® Nasal Spray

PATANASE® nasal spray is indicated for the relief of the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in patients 12 years of age and older. Nasal allergy symptoms are measured by the patient’s Total Nasal Symptom Score (TNSS) which is a combination of stuffy, runny, itchy nose and sneezing. PATANASE® nasal spray is intended only for intranasal administration. The most common side effect experienced with the use of PATANASE® nasal spray is bitter taste. Other less common side effects include headache, epistaxis, nasal septal perforations and ulcerations, pharyngolaryngeal pain, post-nasal drip, cough and urinary tract infection.

About Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

Seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as "hay fever,” refers to an allergic complex of symptoms caused by sensitivity to seasonal pollens. Symptoms may include congestion, sneezing, itchy nose, runny nose, watery eyes and itchy eyes.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), allergies affect an estimated 40 to 50 million people in the United States. Allergies are not only bothersome, but have been linked to a variety of common and serious chronic respiratory illnesses, such as sinusitis and asthma. In addition, allergy is one of the most common causes of absenteeism from both work and school, accounting for over $700 million in lost productivity and $3.5 billion in annual direct medical costs.

About Alcon

Alcon, Inc. is the world’s leading eye care company, with sales of approximately $6.3 billion in 2008. Alcon, which has been dedicated to the ophthalmic industry for 60 years, researches, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals, surgical equipment and devices, contact lens care solutions and other vision care products that treat diseases, disorders and other conditions of the eye. Alcon’s majority shareholder is Nestlé, S.A., the world’s largest food company. For more information on Alcon, Inc., visit the Company’s web site at www.alcon.com.

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