March 2019

We would like to provide the background regarding the dramatic increase in costs for venom antigen used for immunotherapy (allergy shots) that has occurred in the past year.  In late 2017, one of the two manufacturers of venom antigen decided to stop manufacturing venoms for sale in the United States.  Thus, HollisterStier is the sole manufacturer and has increased its prices (up to 2-3x) for venom antigen.  Without another source for venoms, allergists have been forced to pay these inflated prices in order to continue life-saving treatment to you.  In some cases, the cost of venom alone exceeds reimbursement which has caused some allergists to stop offering venom immunotherapy.  Our national societies (American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology and American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology) have been working with the Department of Health and Human Services to rectify this situation.

Thank you for trusting Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center with your allergy care.

Sincerely,

The Physicians at Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center