• Shellie Scott

FDA approves peanut treatment

The FDA has approved the first treatment for children with peanut allergies.

According to CNN, “more than 3 million people are allergic to peanut and tree nut allergies.” The FDA has found a drug called Palforzia. This drug is supposed to help minimize the frequency and severity of the reaction among children aged four to seventeen.

The final approval for this treatment will be made by January.

As many are aware, people who are allergic to peanuts and are exposed to them can have many reactions, some of which can be fatal if not treated on time or properly.

What Palforzia does is expose the patient to controlled doses of the peanut protein until they have reached a good maintaining level.

The FDA reported after a meeting on Friday that the treatment is in a powdered form which is to be mixed with food such as apple sauce, yogurt and pudding.

According to testing with the treatment, patients with the allergy have been able to handle as much as the equivalent amount as two whole peanuts.

This treatment might require the patient taking six months or more of this treatment.

The advisory committee has voted on the drug and the results came back, as seven to two voted in favor for the effectiveness of the drug, and eight to one for its safety as long as the child has an Epipen on hand while taking the treatments.

What other allergies will the FDA attempt to treat next?