The market for causal allergy therapies is a global growth market. On the one hand, the global market growth expected by market researchers will be generated by an increasing number of people with allergies, and on the other hand it is based on the growing use of specific immunotherapy (SIT) in many emerging markets.
Allergopharma is a manufacturer of diagnostics and prescription drugs for allergen immunotherapy (AIT). AIT (hyposensitization, desensitization, allergy immunization) is the only causal therapy for treating allergies to unavoidable allergens. AIT is primarily carried out by physicians who specialize in allergies, such as ENT doctors, dermatologists, pediatricians and pulmonologists.
With its own research department and in cooperation with research institutes and other partners, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is helping develop a better understanding of the immunological mechanism that underlies the development of allergies and is actively working on the next generation of drugs for allergen immunotherapy.
Plans to expand production in Reinbek near Hamburg in 2016, thus expanding capacity, will advance global expansion and will also help to meet the increasingly high manufacturing standards. As was previously the case, products to diagnose and treat type 1 allergies such as hay fever or allergic asthma will be manufactured here under ultrapure, sterile conditions.