This is great news! I have a 17-year old with a peanut allergy, but I see this was tested only on younger kids. Will this be potentially tested/available for older kids/adults as well? Also, any thoughts/ideas at all on when this will be through testing and approval and available for the general peanut-allergic population?
Hi, Carolyn ... there is a lot of exciting research into immunotherapy right now. For instance, the FDA is now considering the immunotherapy drug Palforzia for children and teens with peanut allergy. And research has been ongoing with drugs like Viaskin. I have much hope that families managing food allergies will have many additional tools in their kit in the future. In the meantime, how can our community help you and your teen?
Thanks for the response. I Googled Palforzia and a link came up to a recent article in the Atlantic (9/13/09) stating this "drug" is nothing but peanut flour in a capsule, with an estimated cost of $4200/year!...and the need for the patient to take it indefinitely. Even if it reliably worked (not proven per the article), it just also seems like another way for the pharmaceutical industry to rip off families of allergic kids (Epi-pen exorbitant costs, case in point).
It makes me so happy to read about positive results on treating people with a peanut allergy. My grandson is 10 now...and I am sometimes gripped with fear regarding his allergy. I am so hoping that a real cure is on the horizon...for him and for all of those dealing with this. Thanks for all you do to keep us informed.
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