• Penicillin allergy intervention in primary care increases confirmatory testing referrals

    14 days ago - By Healio

    An intervention involving an educational session and electronic medical record changes resulted in a mean increase of 19.6% in referrals for confirmatory testing among patients with a listed penicillin allergy, data show.
    Previous research suggests that about 10% of the U.S. population has a documented penicillin allergy, but more than 90% of these individuals can tolerate it if tested, researchers wrote in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
    “Mislabeled penicillin allergies are costly on the individual patient level, but also on the population level,” Cathleen Collins, MD,
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