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Will Xolair be a miracle drug for people with severe food allergies?

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WXXI News
Dr. Shahzad Mustafa on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, March 7, 2024

A new drug might just be the miracle drug that can change the lives of countless people with severe food allergies – particularly children.

Xolair has demonstrated a powerful effect on mitigating the effects of peanuts and other foods that can be life-threatening. It's very expensive, and parents have many questions about how to get it.

Our guest discusses how to understand this new treatment option, and we talk about how the treatment of food allergy is changing in other ways.

In studio:

  • Shahzad Mustafa, M.D., lead physician in the Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology Department at Rochester Regional Health, and clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.