Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 18-year Research Journey Pays off with Approval of First Peanut Allergy Drug

Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 18-year Research Journey Pays off with Approval of First Peanut Allergy Drug

The Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, located on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, spent 18 years working on the drug Palforzia, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating patients with peanut allergies. Dr. Stacie Jones, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Director of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Program, was ecstatic to finally see this research translate into an approved medicine.

Background

This important research started nearly two decades ago when the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and Duke University collaborated on initial studies involving peanut oil immunotherapy. Back then, Dr. Jones worked with an investigator named Dr. Wesley Burks. In the early days, the investigators pursued oral immunotherapy involving allergic reactions to eggs. Later on, the work moved to peanut allergies, reported Daniel Breen and Phoebe Sanders with NPR FM89.1 KUAR in Arkansas.

Over the years, more research centers sprang up, including Aimmune Therapeutics (founded in 201) which ultimately developed Palforzia. The drug was approved in 2020. 

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