Sublingual Imounnuthrapy Allergy Drops Price Increase March 1, 2016
Due to rising cost of allergen extracts and supplies, we must raise the cost to you so we can continue to provide the quality and service you’ve come to expect. We have avoided raising our prices for as long as possible, but we can no longer prolong the inevitable.
The new price list is below for your review and will go into effect on March 1, 2016.
|Current Price||New Price Effective 3/1/2016|
Please be advised that no drops will be prepared without advance payment and appointment. Drops will be available in 9 business days from the order date.
If you have any questions please call the Allergy Dep at (703) 313-7700 X 238
We thank you for your business and appreciate your understanding the necessity for this price increase.
Sublingual immunotherapy is a method of treating allergies by placing drops underneath the tongue. Similar to allergy shots, a set amount of physician-dosed antigens are placed under your tongue to help your build your body’s tolerance over time. The difference is that allergy drops are administered at home, and without injections. Allergy drops are ideal for patients whose allergies are terrible, those who have bad asthma, the young or elderly, or anyone who cannot tolerate allergy shots. Research has found that allergy drops are an effective and safe alternative to conventional allergy shots.
Though seemingly revolutionary, it is not a new route of receiving immunotherapy. Sublingual drop therapy has been used and studied extensively in Europe for many years. Some studies say that as many as 50%-75% of allergy patients in Europe have their allergy immunotherapy in the form of drops instead of shots. Although utilized in Europe for many decades, the use of allergy drops has only recently started to gain popularity in the United States.
Are allergy drops homeopathic medicine? No. Sublingual immunotherapy is not homeopathy. The same allergens are obtained from the same allergen manufacturers that we use for allergy shots. Sublingual immunotherapy simply is an different route of administration, under the tongue.
The safety and efficacy of allergy drops has been proven in Europe for over 30 years. In fact, the World Health Organization has endorsed allergy drops as “a viable alternative to injection therapy.” The safety of sublingual immunotherapy has also been studied. Research has shown that severe reactions with sublingual immunotherapy are three times less common than with conventional allergy injections. Furthermore, there has never been a life-threatening anaphylaxis reaction with allergy drops in over 30 years, and over 200 million doses.
Allergy drops can be given for both environmental allergies (ie. hay fever, seasonal or perennial allergies) or certain food allergies. They are self-administered at home, once daily. Approximately every three months, you will be asked to pick up your new vial(s) at the next treatment concentration. Like allergy shots, the complete immunotherapy treatment course averages about 3-5 years.
Besides making allergy treatment easier for children, severe asthmatics, the elderly, or anyone who cannot tolerate allergy shots, there are other advantages to sublingual immunotherapy. Some of the advantages of allergy drops include: no needles or injections, no risk of anaphylaxis (throat swelling), the convenience of self-administering the treatment at home, improved compliance by children, and portability during travel. Compared to allergy shots, there are less office visits and time spent waiting for your allergy injection. Many patients feel that the convenience of taking the drops with them when they travel has helped their compliance with their allergy treatment. In fact, more people (close to 90%) are likely to complete their first year of allergy drop therapy as compared to only about 50% of people on allergy shots. Just like allergy shots, as your symptoms improve on allergy drop therapy, your need for medication decreases. The end benefit is less time in the office, less money spent on medication, and the convenience of allergy drops at home.
No. While the safety and efficacy of allergy drops for immunotherapy has already been proven in Europe, the FDA has yet to approve it in the United States. Currently, the option of sublingual immunotherapy has not been approved for coverage by health insurance. The cost of treatment is measured by price per vial; the vial price is $125. The number of vials you will need is determined by how many different things you are allergic to. Each vial lasts approximately 3 months. For patients with severe allergies up to three vials may be needed at one time; for these patients we will charge $100 per additional bottle, see below: