First Approved Peanut Allergy Treatment for Children

 

The FDA has approved the first oral treatment for peanut allergy in children aged 4 to 17 years.  Palforzia (manufactured by Aimmune Therapeutics) is a powder made from peanuts, consumed by patient in a macrodosing regimen spread over several months.

At present the medication is only available through a special FDA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy.  Every powdered dose contains a fraction (around 1/600 of a peanut), to be mixed with a small amount of regular food.

“For those of us who grew up on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, it’s encouraging to see a treatment option for parents,” said Benjamin Ticho, MD of Ticho Eye Associates.  “Hopefully this will eventually reduce the stress experienced by parents of peanut-sensitive children.”