MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Treatment of severe food allergy reactions increased by nearly 400 percent
"Food Allergy in the United States: Recent Trends and Costs – An Analysis of Private Claims Data" was published with support from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the world's largest private source of food allergy research funding. Analyzing more than 24 billion health care claims records from more than 150 million privately insured patients, the white paper offers a window on geographic and demographic trends in food allergy diagnosis and treatment in the U.S.
"Food allergy is a problem of epidemic proportions that does not receive the attention that it merits from policymakers and public health officials," said James R. Baker, Jr., MD, CEO and chief medical officer of FARE. "We have long worked on behalf of millions of people affected by food allergy – from advocating for greater access to life-saving epinephrine to working behind the scenes to help ensure the costs of oral food challenges are more appropriately reimbursed – and we are committed to our efforts to improving the quality of life for those who live with food allergies. We supported this important work because it provides us with critically needed data providing evidence of the burden of food allergy."
FAIR Health President Robin Gelburd explained, "Food allergy is an important issue of growing national concern. We hope that our analysis of data from FAIR Health's vast repository of private healthcare claims provides useful information for researchers, policymakers and other healthcare stakeholders. We are grateful for FARE's generous support in making this white paper possible."
FAIR Health's data from 2007-2016 show that food allergy is a serious, increasingly prevalent medical condition that generates significant medical expenses for affected families:
The FAIR Health white paper adds to a growing list of studies that enumerate the rapidly growing burden of food allergy for patients, families, and society. Scientists do not yet have conclusive answers about what is driving this increase. Genes and environment can influence food allergy risk, but the rising prevalence of food allergy has not yet been definitively explained. Greater awareness of food allergy, exposure to fewer germs in childhood, antibiotic use, changes in food manufacturing, and shifts in the human microbiome – the populations of microbes living in and on our bodies – are among the factors being investigated. But more research is needed to understand the contributions of these different factors, and inform strategies to reverse the trend and prevent new cases.
For more information about food allergies, visit www.foodallergy.org. To read the white paper from FAIR Health, please visit FAIR Health.
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Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE's mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org.
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