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This multi-center study is investigating the safety and therapeutic benefit of the Viaskin® Peanut patch to help very young children with peanut hypersensitivity. The patch contains a 250 microgram peanut protein antigen used to desensitize patients against allergic reactions through a process called epicutaneous immunotherapy. In the U.S., peanut hypersensitivity prevalence is growing, and among food allergies, peanut allergy is the most common cause of death.
The study is accepting participants ages 1 through 3 who have been diagnosed with a peanut allergy.
Boys and Girls: Ages 1 through 3
Participants will be randomly assigned to a group that will either use the Viaskin Peanut 250 microgram patch or a Viaskin placebo patch. The chances of being in the placebo group are 1 in 3. Parents/guardians will be provided with a supply of patches that are to be applied daily for progressively longer periods over the first 5 weeks, as prescribed by the study team. In the first week, patches will be applied for only 2 hours a day, and by the fifth week, the patch will be applied for 24 hours. An electronic device will be provided to help parents journal the use of the patch.
Visits: 12 for physical examinations and testing
Duration: 62 weeks (1 year, 2.5 months)
Study Description at National Institutes of Health
Allergy and Immunology Research
Deborah Albright, MD
For more information about the study or enrollment, please contact:
Clinical Research Coordinator Susan Richey, RN
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