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Allegheny General Hospital Study Demonstrates Safety and Potential Efficacy of Oral Allergy Treatment
Date:2/12/2010

Medication Delivered Under the Tongue May Be Alternative to Allergy Shots

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An oral allergy treatment administered in drops under the tongue is a safe and effective alternative to injections for adults who are allergic to ragweed pollen, according to a study published today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology by allergic disease specialist at Allegheny General Hospital.  

Widely used in Europe, but not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, sublingual allergen immunotherapy (SLIT) can be a more convenient and tolerable treatment approach that leads to greater patient compliance, said David Skoner, MD, director of AGH's Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and a co-lead investigator in the study.  

"The study's findings mark a step forward in gaining approval for sublingual administration of allergy medication," said Dr. Skoner, "We believe a large number of patients would greatly benefit from having access to this new oral treatment to ease their symptoms."

"The sublingual method so far has been safe, and the adherence rate should be better because no injections are involved and the medication is administered at home," said co-investigator Deborah Gentile, MD, Director of Research in AGH's Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The AGH study, "Sublingual Immunotherapy in Patients with Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis Caused by Ragweed Pollen," involved 115 patients in Pittsburgh, Madison, Wisc., Iowa City and Evansville, Ind. They were randomly assigned to a medium or high dose of standardized glycerinated short ragweed pollen extract or
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