Medications
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
COVID Drug Remdesivir Could Cost Up to $3,120 Per Patient, Maker SaysHigh Costs Lead Millions of Americans to Shop Abroad for Rx DrugsFDA Pulls Emergency Approval of Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19How Ritalin Works in the BrainFDA Pulls Heartburn Drug Zantac From MarketAllergy Med Singulair to Get 'Black Box' Warning Over Psych Side Effects: FDAU.S. Drug Prices Have Risen Three Times Faster Than InflationUse Pot? It Can Interact With Your Meds in Harmful WaysToo Many Antibiotics, Opioids Given to Dental Patients in the ERBrand-Name Rx Rise After Docs Get Drug Company Perks: StudyAs Prices Rise for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Meds, Patients Go WithoutPrice Hikes Have Patients Turning to Craigslist for Insulin, Asthma InhalersAI May Help Guide Patients to Most Effective Antidepressant1 in 4 Gets Unneeded Antibiotics at Children's HospitalsStudy Finds 'No Clear Rationale' for 45% of Antibiotic PrescriptionsAre Antibiotics a Recipe for Obesity in Childhood?Do You Take Warfarin? Time of Day Might Not MatterNew Drugs Getting FDA's Blessing Faster, but Is That a Good Thing?Health Tip: Acetaminophen SafetyTwo More Heartburn Meds Recalled Due to Possible CarcinogenMany Drugstores Misinform on Disposal of Unused MedsHealth Tip: How to Remember to Take Your MedicationsFDA to Allow States to Import Prescription Drugs From Other CountriesOver 40% of Antibiotics Could Be 'Inappropriately' PrescribedFDA Testing Levels of Carcinogen in Diabetes Drug MetforminTaking Several Prescription Drugs May Trigger Serious Side EffectsPenicillin Allergy Less Common Than Thought: StudyMany Older Americans Misuse Antibiotics: PollAntibiotics Not Recommended for Most Toothaches, New Guideline SaysHealth Tip: Taking Anti-Inflammatory DrugsMany Common Meds Could Alter Your MicrobiomeWhen Meds Are Free, Patients Take Them More OftenMaker Halts Distribution of Generic Zantac Due to Possible CarcinogenKids Often Prescribed Drugs 'Off-Label,' Raising ConcernsHeartburn Drug Zantac May Contain Small Amounts of Known Carcinogen, FDA SaysHealth Tip: Take Over-the-Counter Medication WiselyA Prescription for Medicating Your Child SafelyHealth Tip: Taking Dietary SupplementsTrump Administration Announces Plan to Allow Cheaper Drug Imports From CanadaAre Too Many Kids Prescribed Antihistamines?Some Meds and Driving a Dangerous DuoHealth Tip: Giving Medicine Safely to ChildrenHigher Cost of New Cholesterol Drugs Putting Patients at Risk: StudyMany Americans Take Antibiotics Without a PrescriptionHealth Tip: Packing Prescriptions for Travel
Links
Related Topics

Anxiety Disorders
Depression: Depression & Related Conditions
Mental Disorders
Mental Health Professions

Penicillin Allergy Less Common Than Thought: Study

HealthDay News
by -- Steven Reinberg
Updated: Nov 25th 2019

new article illustration

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans think they're allergic to penicillin, but they're not, a new study reveals.

This erroneous belief adds millions of dollars to health care costs and results in unnecessary side effects from more powerful antibiotics, researchers say. It also adds to the danger of creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, they warn.

Christopher Bland, a clinical associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, said an estimated 30 million Americans think they're allergic to this lifesaving drug when they are not.

A simple questionnaire or a pencillin skin test could help determine whether a person is allergic or not, he said.

"In many instances we don't have to go past the questionnaire," Bland said in a news release.

"We're finding out that what most of these patients think is an allergic reaction is really only a side effect that may have happened once and might never happen again," he added. "Patients tell us that they became dizzy or nauseated after taking penicillin years ago or that their father was allergic to penicillin, so they thought they were allergic as well."

And even those who once had an allergic reaction to the drug may be safe, Bland added. After five years, 50% of those who were allergic to penicillin aren't anymore and that jumps to 80% after 10 years.

"We are able to reduce the number of those who think they have penicillin allergy by 20% right away, just by talking to them through our questionnaire," Bland said.

For other patients, a penicillin allergy test can be given and medical records updated if necessary, he said.

In a recent issue of the Open Forum Infectious Diseases journal, Bland's team recently reported that when the test was done by trained nurses, 98 out of 100 patients whose medical record listed penicillin allergy discovered they were not allergic to the antibiotic.

Penicillin is often as effective than more potent drugs, and it's much less expensive. According to the study, the average savings were $350 a patient, including cost of the skin test.

"Our team is on a mission right now," Bland said. "Our goal is that every penicillin allergy is questioned and reconciled, with most coming off medical records and allowing patients to get the best antibiotic for their particular infection, which is often a penicillin."

More information

For more on penicillin allergy, visit the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.




328 W. Claiborne St.
P.O. Box 964
Monroeville,
Alabama 36460
Tel: (251)575-4203
Fax:(251)575-9459


powered by centersite dot net