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Got Hay Fever? New Tablets vs. Allergy Shots

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Q. What if you don’t like to get a bunch of shots or have to remember to take medicine every day? What’s on the horizon?

A. How about four monthly shots? Period. That’s all it took for an experimental treatment for cat allergies to protect against symptoms 2 years after the first shot. The treatment, developed by researchers at McMaster University in Canada, is in its final stage of pre-market testing. The scientists are also working on a similar approach to treat ragweed and dust mite allergies.

Cox has served as a consultant for Stallergenes, the French company that markets Oralair.

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