Flovent Inhaler Discontinued
Flovent HFA and Flovent Diskus, 2 common inhaler medicines to treat asthma, are discontinued. According to its manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), beginning in January 2024, Flovent inhalers will no longer be available to patients. Instead, generic versions of the drugs are now available.1-3
What is Flovent?
Flovent, or fluticasone propionate, is a type of corticosteroid that reduces inflammation in the airways. It is used for long-term treatment of asthma in people 4 years of age and older. Flovent HFA is also used to treat people with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).1-3
Why is Flovent being discontinued?
According to GSK, Flovent is being discontinued because a generic version will take its place. These “authorized generic” options for Flovent HFA and Flovent Diskus contain the same medicine (fluticasone propionate) in the same familiar inhaler devices. The only difference is that they will not carry the Flovent brand name. Otherwise, they are the exact same medicines.1-3
GSK has said it aims to provide people with a more affordable option for their asthma treatment. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not expect any shortage of the generic medicines.1,2
Have you used a Flovent inhaler?
Will the authorized generic versions be cheaper than Flovent?
The out-of-pocket cost will depend on your insurance company. The generic versions may have a lower out-of-pocket cost or a higher out-of-pocket cost. Each insurer is handling the cost and coverage of the generic versions differently. Check with your insurance to see what is covered.1,2
What if my insurance does not cover the generic versions?
If your insurance does not cover the authorized generic versions, talk to your doctor about your treatment options. You can request a formulary exception to see if your insurance will give you an exemption and cover the medicine’s cost. Your doctor also may be able to call your insurance company and make an appeal for the generic to be covered.1,2
There may be other asthma medicines you can use that are covered by your insurance. Talk with your doctor about your options.1,2
What should you do if you still have a Flovent inhaler?
If you still have a Flovent inhaler, talk to your doctor. They will be able to provide you with the best next steps, depending on your individual circumstances.1,2
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