Asthma Drug Improves Allergies Too

A recently approved asthma drug -- Xolair -- appears to also improve allergy symptoms. In a study presented at a meeting of asthma and allergy specialists, patients with moderate to severe asthma and allergic rhinitis -- more commonly known as "hay fever" -- said Xolair, a new type of bioengineered drug, reduced symptoms and improved the quality of their life. Xolair was FDA approved last year for people with asthma caused by allergies. It is also being investigated as a treatment for those who also have persistent hay fever -- characterized by an itchy, running nose.

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