Merck: FDA reviewing tablet to eliminate allergy

by The Associated Press

Drugmaker Merck & Co. says federal regulators are reviewing its application to sell a new type of treatment for grass pollen allergy that gradually reduces allergy symptoms over time, rather than just temporarily relieving the sneezing and itching.

The treatment, a tablet that dissolves under the tongue, could become the first alternative available in the U.S. to getting a long series of uncomfortable shots. Both methods work by gradually desensitizing the patient's immune system to the substance triggering the allergic reaction.

Merck's immunotherapy, still unnamed, would be taken daily throughout allergy season for three years.

The company, which is based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., also recently applied to the Food and Drug Administration for approval to sell an immunotherapy tablet for ragweed pollen.

4 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Life saving treatment for fire ant allergy under used

Mar 04, 2013

Two million Americans are allergic to insect stings, an allergy which sends more than 500,000 people to the emergency room annually. Yet, according to a study published today in the March issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & ...

Treating peanut allergy through a patch

Mar 02, 2011

Can your peanut-allergic child be treated by simply wearing a patch? That’s what researchers at National Jewish Health are investigating. National Jewish Health, along with four other institutions in the Consortium of ...

Recommended for you

Study discovers means to free immune system to destroy cancer

Sep 18, 2014

Research led by Paulo Rodriguez, PhD, an assistant research professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology at LSU Health New Orleans' Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, has identified the crucial role an inflammatory protein ...

Commensal bacteria help orchestrate immune response in lung

Sep 11, 2014

Studies in mice demonstrate that signals from the bacteria that harmlessly—and often beneficially—inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract boost the immune system's ability to kill a major respiratory pathogen, Klebsiella pn ...

User comments