Allergen Immunotherapy Extract Shortages and Their Effects on Clinical Care: A Work Group Report of the AAAAI Immunotherapy, Allergen Standardization and Allergy Diagnostics Committee

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      Allergen immunotherapy (AIT) is the only disease-modifying therapy indicated for treatment of allergic asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and Hymenoptera hypersensitivity. Manufacturing of the extracts used in AIT involve multistep complex processes as well as regulatory oversight. Furthermore, some source materials are vulnerable to unexpected events of nature. Given these circumstances, allergen extract supply can be disrupted with a potential to adversely impact patient care. A group of members from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) Immunotherapy, Allergy Standardization and Allergy Diagnostic Committee formed a workgroup to assess the frequency and effects of allergen extract shortages and associated factors. This workgroup developed a survey that was distributed to a random 20% of the AAAAI membership. In addition, the group also performed a review of the scientific literature on allergen extract supply and shortage. Based on the findings of the survey study and literature review, the workgroup reports frequency and extent of shortages, potential ways to improve communication with suppliers, and need for further guidance in patient care during times of shortage.

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      AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology), ACAAI (American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology), AIT (Allergen immunotherapy), SCIT (Subcutaneous immunotherapy), SLIT (Sublingual immunotherapy), VIT (Venom immunotherapy)
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