The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first generic versions of Singulair (montelukast sodium) for use in adults and children to control asthma symptoms and to help relieve symptoms of indoor and outdoor allergies.
Montelukast is in a class of medications called leukotriene receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of leukotrienes, substances in the body that cause the symptoms of asthma and hayfever (allergic rhinitis).
“For people who suffer from chronic health conditions such as asthma and allergies, it is important to have effective and affordable treatment options,” said Gregory P. Geba, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Office of Generic Drugs in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The generic products approved today will expand those options for patients.”
Read the rest of the FDA Press Release on generic Singulair