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New Peanut Allergy Treatment Developed

separator About 1.5 million people in the U.S. have a peanut allergy. Each year, thousands of them need emergency treatment. And about 50 to 100 people per year die after accidentally eating peanuts.

A new drug, which is not yet available to the public, would make the reactions less severe, although it wouldn’t cure the allergy. Participants in a study for the drug, which is given as a monthly injection, began to have allergic reactions after eating nine peanuts, on average. Most peanut allergy deaths occur when a person is accidentally exposed to the equivalent of only one or two nuts.

The medication, called TNX-901, is a genetically engineered antibody. It binds to a molecule that plays a role in triggering the allergic response. TNX-901 is likely to be available within several years.

The American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology; New England Journal of Medicine, 14 March 2003.
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