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Improved Allergy Shots Might Be on Horizon
Date:11/3/2011

s are safe and effective options, and they appeal to patients who do not want to commit to weekly allergy shots for five or six months," he added.

Not only is allergy immunotherapy highly effective, it can save thousands of dollars in health care costs per patient, according to a study presented at the meeting.

Researchers examined Florida Medicaid data and found that children with allergies who received allergy immunotherapy had nearly $6,000 less in health care costs over 18 months than children with allergies who did not receive allergy immunotherapy. Among adults, the amount saved over 18 months was more than $7,000.

Because this research was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

"Allergy immunotherapy is a well-established, safe and effective treatment. Our research clearly shows that this treatment is also cost effective and these cost benefits occur almost immediately," Cheryl Hankin, president and chief scientific officer of BioMedEcon, said in the news release.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about allergy shots.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, Oct. 27, 2011


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