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Aimmune Therapeutics Has an Investigational, But Expensive Treatment for Peanut Allergies

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Peanut butter allergy treatment

Finally, researchers came up with a peanut butter allergy treatment that works, but it can cost up to 10,000 US Dollars.


Nowadays, peanut allergies are very common, having greatly increased over the past decade. In fact, allergies to peanuts are one of the most common food allergies. A company based in California, Aimmune Therapeutics, created a study involving 500 children with very severe peanut allergies, which would involve treatment by building up children’s tolerance to peanuts. These children were aged 4 to 17. The doctors leading the study conducted a double-blind experiment, in which children were either given capsules of peanut or placebo powder to build a tolerance to peanuts. These capsules were given in increasing increments for a period of six months, and then for the next six months, the powder that was given was equal to the final level given during the first six months.

Capsule Treatments are Dangerous and Investigational

One of the leaders of the study, Dr. Stacie Jones, who is an allergy specialist at the University of Arkansas, said, “It’s potentially dangerous. This is investigational. It has to be done in a very safe setting to make sure kids can be treated fast for any bad reactions that occur.”

Some of the children who took the capsules with peanut powder, however, dropped out of the study; approximately 12 percent. However, the study overall is considered very safe.

Treatment Protects from Severe Reactions, Doesn't Get Rid of Allergy

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While this treatment does not completely get rid of the allergy, nor does it allow children to eat peanuts in the same way children who do not have an allergy do, it can protect roughly 95 percent of children with peanut allergies from having severe reactions if they happen to come into contact with peanuts.

The company, Aimmune Therapeutics, wants to gain approval for the peanut powder from the FDA, and to have it approved in Europe as well. However, this treatment is expensive; it should cost $5,000 to $10,000 for the first six months, and $300 to $400 every month afterward.

Peanut Allergy Treatment Is Too Expensive

So the company's chief executive has said he expects the first six months of treatment to cost $5,000 to $10,000, and $300 to $400 a month after that. This is good news, but what about that high price. Seriously, it's peanut powder in low doses compressed into pill form. Why are you charging such a high price for an allergy treatment that involves peanut power in low doses? Perhaps this is a better solution: New Single Injection Stem Cell Treatment May be a "Cure" for Asthma and Allergies to Bees, Peanuts, Seafood.

However, this treatment can be a relief for many parents, whose children suffer from severe allergies and need to be cautious of everything they eat.

Do you think the high price for this allergy treatment that doesn't eve completely get rid of the allergy, justified? Please, let us know what your thoughts are in the comments section below.