Is the future of peanut allergy treatment a wearable patch?
A new skin patch for treating peanut allergies has been getting a lot of attention. A couple companies are developing therapies designed to blunt dangerous allergic reactions by slowly reducing an allergic person's sensitivity to peanut protein. Though both treatments look promising, there’s still a long way to go, says Gerald Nepom, an immunologist at the Benaroya Research Institute in Washington State. Neither the patch nor the pill are FDA-approved yet, but both have recently wrapped up Phase II clinical trials that assessed the efficacy and safety of the treatments. And both products will now be tested in larger Phase III trials.