Q:

3/25/2013
I have learned there are two Family Practice groups in my area that are using the United Allergy Service to test and treat patients with allergies. They allow immunotherapy which I believe is SCIT to be given at home. Have you heard about this new trend? I have sent the practices information about the safety issues in home immunotherapy and how it is strongly not advised. I have requested information from the United Allergy Company. Thank you for your insight.

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

The company that you mentioned is one of several across the United States that offer allergy testing services (both in vivo and in vitro) and immunotherapy prescriptions to non-allergists. This phenomenon is occurring nationwide. At this point, I know of no official strategy from our professional organizations designed to deal with this issue, but such practices are normally reported to the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (JCAAI) rather than to this website.

For your convenience, I have copied below the contact information of the Joint Council, and suggest that you place your inquiry there.

JCAAI
50 North Brockway
3-3
Palatine, Illinois 60067
(847) 934-1918
E-mail: info@jcaai.org

Thank you again for your inquiry.

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology