Call for better data collection on patient allergies

NATIONAL Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) experts also want clinicians to take a structured approach to documenting new suspected drug allergic reactions, saying records should include a detailed description of the reaction.

Currently, computerised primary care records were often unable to distinguish between drug allergy and intolerance, the guideline authors noted, and there was no routine system for patients to record information on allergies.

There were more than 18,000 incidents involving drug allergy in the UK between 2005 and 2013, including six deaths.