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FDA ADVISORY COMMITTEE SUBLINGUAL IMMUNOTHERAPY RECOMMENDATIONS

February 14, 2014

Subcutaneous immuntherapy (SCIT or “allergy shots”) has been utilized for decades as a safe and effective treatment for allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis, hymenoptera hypersensitivity, and allergic conjunctivitis. Multiple well designed trials have demonstrated that SCIT is a disease-modifying treatment for allergies and asthma with reduction in medication use, lower symptom frequency and severity, reduction in exacerbation rates, less development of new allergies, and improvement in lung function and quality of life. Financial analyses have documented cost effectiveness, with reduction in overall healthcare utilization for appropriately diagnosed and treated SCIT patients; which has led to widespread coverage by all major payers...

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