Pill for children with severe peanut allergies moves forward

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Pill for children with severe peanut allergies moves forward: Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on March 15, 2018. (WPVI)

An experimental treatment for kids with severe peanut allergies is moving forward.

The pill helps train the immune system to not over-react to peanuts. Phase three trials show it's safe and effective and worked in about 70 percent of patients tested.

It's not a cure but it can lower the risk of a life-threatening reaction in case someone accidentally eats a nut.

Amy Gurango's son has a peanut allergy.

"This gives us hope that through the pill he'll be able to eventually tolerate peanuts and it'll be less scary for him," she said.

The treatment would be a life-long therapy. Researchers expect it to be available in one to two years.

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