Research finds allergy drops to be more cost-effective than shots

The MU School of Medicine has discovered that immunotherapy drops are an easier and cheaper treatment for patients suffering from allergies

March 4, 2022


Brian Consiglio: As the seasons begin to change, new flowers and other plants bloom throughout the world. The pollen that is emitted from these plants can easily cause allergic reactions, or allergies, among large amounts of people. And unfortunately, these allergies are one of the leading causes of chronic illness in the U.S.

In fact, some people need weekly injections at the doctor’s office, but new research at the University of Missouri shows a different type of therapy may be far easier and cost effective.This therapy only involves placing a few droplets of immunotherapy under the tongue. MU Health Care Allergist Christine Franzese says the research compared the two differing treatments.

Franzese: “This compares these therapies, which are very close in their efficacy, and says, all right, well, they both work pretty well, and both of them have grade A evidence, and one is cheaper than the other.”

Consiglio: The research showed that one treatment was much more cost effective and reliable: The droplets. Franzese said the droplets help with the logistics of the treatment.

Franzese: “One of the reasons we did this study was to try to show that, you know, there’s a lot of conditions where you can do the drops, and they help a lot of people, and they can save our system potentially a lot of money.”

Consiglio: And I don’t know about you, but I would prefer drops over getting a bunch of shots.

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I’m Brian Consiglio, with a Spotlight on Mizzou.

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