NICE recommends Pharmalgen as a possible treatment for some people with bee or wasp venom allergy (see below).

Who can have Pharmalgen?

You should be able to have Pharmalgen if:

  • you have had a severe reaction to a bee or wasp sting, or
  • you have had a moderate reaction to a bee or wasp sting and you have one or more of the following: a high risk of stings, anxiety about stings, raised levels of a protein called ‘tryptase’ in your blood.

Why has NICE said this?

NICE looks at how well treatments work, and also at how well they work in relation to how much they cost the NHS. NICE recommended Pharmalgen because, although it costs more than other treatments, this was justified by the benefits it provided.

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