The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first under-the-tongue allergy treatment, a welcome alternative for patients who get regular allergy shots.
The pill is a mixture of grass pollen extracts compressed into a tablet that rapidly dissolves.
Patients who have tried the drug reported a drastic reduction in their allergy symptoms and medication use.
The treatment slowly builds a patient’s tolerance to grass pollen, something that used to be accomplished with routine allergy shots.
Experts said patients will take their first dose of Oralair in a doctor’s office to ensure they don’t have a serious reaction and then can take the rest at home.
The pill will be available by prescription only.