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Hay fever vaccine

5th January 2007

The misery of hay fever could be over for many as a new drug is launched next month.

Grazax is the first pill to offer immunity to the allergens found in grass pollens and provides a real alternative to antihistamines and nasal sprays.  Recent tests found the drug to be 83% effective. It works by exposing patients to a 15mg dose of timothy grass extract (one of the worst pollens for sufferers) which kick-starts the body’s immunity response to pollen from temperate grasses.

One in four people (about 12 million) suffers from hay fever in the UK which can have a devastating effect on quality of life.  Most sufferers are allergic to grass pollens and traditional antihistamine and steroid treatments are less than 30% effective.  It is thought that 1 in 10 hay fever sufferers could benefit from the new treatment which will be available on prescription from next month.

 

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