FDA Approves First Drug Treatment of Peanut Allergy for Children

FDA Approves First Drug Treatment of Peanut Allergy for Children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Aimmune Therapeutics’ Palforzia [Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Allergen Powder-dnfp] to mitigate allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure to peanuts.  Treatment may be initiated in individuals ages 4 to 17 years with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy and can continue in individuals 4 years of age and older. Patients must always avoid peanuts in the diet. 

FDA Director: A Dangerous Condition

Peter Marks, MD, PhD, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research reported, “Peanut allergies impact about 1 million children in the United States and only 1 out of 5 of these children will outgrow their allergy. As there is no cure, allergic individuals must strictly avoid peanut exposure to prevent severe and potentially life-threatening reactions.” He continued, “Even with strict avoidance, inadvertent exposures can and do occur. When used in conjunction with peanut avoidance, Palforzia provides an FDA—approved treatment option to help reduce risk of these allergic reactions in children with peanut allergy.”

The Condition

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