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  • FDA Approves Palforzia for Peanut Allergy Treatment

    By: Annie Bunje

FDA Approves Palforzia for Peanut Allergy Treatment

By: Annie Bunje

FDA Approves Palforzia for Peanut Allergy Treatment

By: Annie Bunje

The FDA recently approved Palforzia for peanut allergy treatment. Learn what it is, side effects and costs, and why it is not a cure for food allergies.

What is Palforzia?

Palforzia is an OIT treatment intended for children and teens. Palforzia capsules contain peanut powder with a pre-dosed level of allergenic proteins. The amount of protein powder in a capsule starts out very low, and gradually increases to a daily maintenance dose of roughly one peanut.

FDA Approved Palforzia: A Step Forward for Peanut Allergy

With rates of peanut allergy tripling in recent years, it’s compelling that there is a new approved therapy for those suffering from a peanut allergy with Palforzia recently becoming the first peanut allergy treatment approved by the FDA.  Palforiza is only approved for use in patients with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy and aged 4 through 17 years. Maintenance may be continued in patients 4 years of age and older. Because Palforiza does not guarantee tolerance, It is important for patients to know that avoidance of peanuts must be continued even while taking Palforiza. In addition, Palforiza is not intended as an emergency treatment of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Therefore, Palforzia users still must carry EpiPens to treat severe allergic reactions. 

Palforzia: Side Effects and Costs 

Because allergens are introduced to the body, there is also an increased risk of allergic and anaphylactic reactions. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, and vomiting are the most common side effects of Palforzia. Upper and lower respiratory tract reactions have also been reported. 

The pricing of Palforzia is currently set at $890 per month or $11,000 per year with treatment to continue indefinitely.

Is Palforzia a cure for food allergies?

There is still no proven cure for food allergies, including peanut allergies. Palforzia has been shown to induce desensitization in 67% of patients who were observed. Desensitization only allows the food allergic person to be protected from accidental ingestion of the allergic food temporarily while they are receiving the treatment. It is still unknown if these treatments can successfully achieve tolerance, which is the ability to permanently tolerate ingesting the food. 

New Treatments Still Underline Need for Prevention

While the advancements in this area of research are exciting, there are some things to take into consideration such as the fact that treatment can require repeated office visits and regularly exposing your child to an allergen that can trigger a reaction at any time.  It is important to remember that there are many factors for parents to consider in deciding whether or not to participate in these new treatments, including assessing the risks versus the benefits. 

Because there is still no true cure for food allergies, prevention still remains the best defense against food allergies. Early and sustained allergen introduction is still recommended to significantly reduce a child’s risk of developing food allergies, based on new landmark research and medical guidelines.  

 

 

 

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  If your infant has severe eczema, check with your infant’s healthcare provider before feeding foods containing ground peanuts.

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