Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:AIMT), a biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for potentially life-threatening food allergies, today presented results from two new surveys that examined the effects of peanut allergy on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among adults and caregivers in the United States. The findings reinforce the need for new treatments in peanut allergy that may reduce concerns related to peanuts, decrease the potential risk of allergic reactions and improve the HRQoL of those impacted by peanut allergy: adult patients, children and their caregivers. These survey results were presented at the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston.
Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies, affecting more than 6 million people in the U.S. and Europe. Given the potential severity of symptoms and need for close management, living with food allergies such as peanut allergy presents day-to-day concerns and challenges for allergic individuals and their families, and this can negatively affect health-related quality of life (HRQoL).1,2,3
“While there is a fair amount of literature on the burden of food allergy and how it impacts patients, these data shed further light on the hardship faced among those impacted by peanut allergy, while underscoring the need for a treatment option beyond avoiding peanuts alone,” said William McCann, MD, study author and Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and physician owner of Allergy Partners, the largest single-specialty allergy practice in the US, focusing on treating asthma and allergic disease with locations across 20 states.
Survey Results Among Adult Patients
In a survey of 150 peanut allergic adults, the mean age of participants was 31.4 years and 64.1% were white. According to results, two-thirds of peanut allergic adults felt the fear of experiencing a reaction affected their emotional well-being “completely” (13.1%), “very much” (23.5%) or “somewhat” (30.1%), indicating a high degree of fear related to peanut allergy reactions.
“Living with a food allergy such as peanut allergy is associated with day-to-day concerns and challenges for many if not most adults, as well as their families, and negatively impacts their quality of life,” said Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, PhD, study author and Director, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, New York University School of Medicine, NYU Langone Health, New York, NY. “Given the potential severity of symptoms and need for close management, these findings further point to the need to help improve the emotional well-being of peanut allergic adults with robust support programs and treatment options.”
Survey Results Among Caregivers
Examining the peanut allergy-related concerns and health-related quality of life of caregivers and their children with peanut allergy from the perspective of the caregiver, a separate survey includes insights from approximately 400 caregivers of people with peanut allergy aged one to seventeen years old, with a mean age of 9 years. The outcomes showed that more than one-third felt “not at all” to “somewhat” in control of their child’s peanut allergy, and almost one-third reported they were “not at all” to “somewhat” confident in managing their child’s peanut allergy reactions.
Furthermore, the survey revealed that more than two-thirds of caregivers felt that the fear of their child experiencing a reaction to peanuts affected their own emotional well-being, and two-thirds also felt that their fear limited their own day-to-day activities. The majority of caregivers (70%) also reported that peanut allergy affected their child’s day-to-day life “somewhat” to “completely.”
Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company developing oral treatments for potentially life-threatening food allergies. The Company’s Characterized Oral Desensitization ImmunoTherapy (CODIT™) approach is intended to provide meaningful levels of protection against allergic reactions resulting from exposure to food allergens by desensitizing patients with defined, precise amounts of key allergens. Aimmune’s first, investigational, complex biologic product candidate, AR101, is being developed as a treatment to reduce the frequency and severity of adverse events following exposure to peanut. The Biologics License Application (BLA) for AR101 is under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which granted AR101 Breakthrough Therapy Designation in 2015 for the desensitization of peanut-allergic patients 4 to 17 years of age. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is reviewing Aimmune’s Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for AR101 which Aimmune submitted in June 2019. Aimmune initiated a randomized phase 2 clinical trial of its second investigational, complex biologic product, AR201, for the treatment of egg allergy in August 2019. For more information, please see www.aimmune.com.
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