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Identifying patients who are truly allergic to penicillin, other medications




PHILADELPHIA — About 95% of patients who say they are allergic to penicillin are really not, according to a presentation at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting.
This is a distinction that must be made, John M. Kelso, MD, division of allergy, asthma and immunology at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California, told Healio Primary Care Today.
“Alternative antibiotics are typically more expensive, less effective, more prone to side effects and likely to contribute to antibiotic resistance,” he said in an interview.
Kelso added the confusion likely stems

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