7 tips for assessing penicillin allergy

A high proportion of patients are 'incorrectly' labelled as allergic to penicillin, say authors

Doctors have been urged to take steps to ensure patients with recorded penicillin allergies undergo a thorough antibiotic allergy assessment.


An estimated 9% of Australian patients have a penicillin allergy listed on their medical record.

Yet, the latest research shows most of these patients would be able to tolerate penicillin, with a more accurate reading showing less than 1% truly allergic, write infectious diseases specialist Dr Jason Trubiano and pharmacist Misha Devchand, of Austin Health in Melbourne.

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