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ALLERGY QUESTIONNAIRE HELPS DETERMINE TRUE PENICILLIN ALLERGY IN CHILDREN

FCAAIA Notes: Up to 95% of people who are labelled allergic to penicillin (amoxicillin, etc.) are not allergic.  Some never were; either they had something happen that was while taking the antibiotic but was unrelated to it, others avoid it … Continue reading

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TESTING PENICILLIN ALLERGY CUTS WIDE-SPECTRUM ANTIBIOTIC USE

FCAAIA Notes: Of all the medications out there, the one for which we have the best data about how to interpret testing is penicillin.  If your testing to penicillin and a metabolite of penicillin (Pre-Pen®) is negative, there is up … Continue reading

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PRESCRIBERS HAVE POOR UNDERSTANDING OF PENICILLIN ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: Penicillin is still the drug of choice for some infections.  It is inexpensive and has a relatively narrow spectrum of anti-bacterial coverage. It is estimated that up to 95% of people who are labelled “penicillin allergic” are actually … Continue reading

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IS THIS PATIENT REALLY ALLERGIC TO PENICILLIN?

FCAAIA Notes: About 95% of people labeled allergic to penicillin are not.  Some never were and the others outgrew their allergy. Using other more expensive and broad spectrum antibiotics increase medical costs and contributes ot bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Of … Continue reading

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