FDA approves first treatment for kids with peanut allergy
Elizabeth White, 7, mixes peanut powder with a fruit roll-up before taking her daily dosage in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006. A study at Duke University is trying to help children with peanut allergies tolerate at least a little exposure. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Posted at 6:06 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated2020-01-31 18:06:17-05
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment for children with peanut allergies.
Allergy experts say Aimmune Therapeutics’ Palforzia promises to lower the chances that an accidental bite of peanuts causes a severe reaction, but it’s not a cure.
Children and teens swallow the peanut powder in tiny but escalating doses, to train their bodies to better tolerate peanuts.
The treatment can cause side effects, possibly serious reactions.
So the FDA says patients and doctors must enroll in a safety program and that each dose increase is given in a certified health facility.
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