Patients' Perspectives and Needs on Novel Food Allergy Treatments in the United States

Curr Treat Options Allergy. 2021;8(1):9-20. doi: 10.1007/s40521-020-00274-8. Epub 2021 Jan 23.


Purpose: Food allergy management places a daily psychosocial burden on patients and their caregivers. New food allergy treatments may positively impact their lives, but also introduce new stressors. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the current state of the literature regarding patients' and caregivers' food allergy experiences and needs within the United States as well as a set of recommendations regarding how best to proceed with patient-centered development and evaluation of new food allergy treatments.

Recent findings: The first pharmaceutical-grade product for peanut oral immunotherapy was approved in the United States for children aged 4-17 years following a successful international Phase 3 trial. This new treatment is only the first of several food allergy treatments currently under development. Patients will soon be presented with multiple options for food allergy treatment and will need to make decisions about what treatment is best for them.

Summary: Allergy researchers and providers are encouraged to consider patients' perspectives and needs when developing and evaluating new food allergy treatments. Recommendations regarding next steps include the development of new patient-reported outcome tools, focus on psychosocial support, health disparities, and financial implications, and research harmonization and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Keywords: Food allergy; Patients; Quality of life; Treatment.

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