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ICU study confirms safety of delabeling penicillin allergies

Mar. 10, 2022—A Vanderbilt study shows that physicians can safely identify and disprove low-risk penicillin allergies using an oral amoxicillin challenge in consenting patients, even those in the intensive care unit who are recovering from critical illness.

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New rule outlines when to challenge a penicillin allergy

May. 6, 2020—According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than 1% of the population is truly allergic to penicillin. The rest were never allergic to begin with or have outgrown their allergy — an estimated 80% of people with penicillin allergy lose their sensitivity to the drug within 10 years.

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Effort to remove penicillin allergy labels seeing success

Oct. 17, 2019—A program in the Medical Intensive Care Unit has successfully removed penicillin allergy labels from more than 45 inpatients at high risk to receive antibiotics, but whose penicillin allergies were low risk.

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Clinic helps adults clarify true status of penicillin allergy

Sep. 27, 2018—by Bill Snyder Two years ago when she was given a type of penicillin to fight off bacterial pneumonia, Kelly Cummins developed a rash, itching and shortness of breath. Suspecting she was having a reaction to the life-saving medication, her doctor stopped the penicillin and substituted a different class of antibiotic. Cummins recovered but now...

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