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Breaking News: FDA Approves Palforzia, a Ground-Breaking Peanut Allergy Oral Immunotherapy Treatment


On Jan. 31, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its approval of Aimmune Therapeutics’ peanut treatment, Palforzia, for children ages 4 to 17.

This is big news for the food allergy community. Food allergies put a significant mental, social and financial burden on families. Until now, strict avoidance has been the only way to avoid allergic reactions. Palforzia may give many families managing peanut allergies more freedom and greater quality of life.  

Oral immunotherapy is a type of treatment that works by desensitization. It reduces the chance of a severe allergic reaction from accidental exposure to an allergen. The patient is given small amounts of the food allergen that are increased over time until they can tolerate larger amounts without reaction. The patient then has to stay on the treatment indefinitely.

The FDA approval of this treatment also opens the door for the development of other food allergy treatments. Aimmune is already working on similar treatments for milk and egg allergy. And DBV Technologies is in Phase III of a clinical trial on the Viaskin Peanut patch.

In Sept. 2019, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) spoke at the FDA’s Allergenic Products Advisory Committee meeting to highlight the need for food allergy treatments to reduce burden and provide options covered by insurance. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of AAFA.

Now that Palforzia is approved, parents who are interested should work with their child’s allergist to decide if this treatment is right for them.

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Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). AAFA is the largest and oldest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to asthma and allergies. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Our online community includes public blogs. To post a comment, you will need to register or sign in. Registered members have access to additional specialized support forums for food allergies. Registration is free!

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