In the United States, 1 in 10 patients are affected by penicillin allergy. And in the hospital, approximately 1 in 4 patients have a penicillin allergy listed on their medical record. If you carry this diagnosis, you are not alone!
What have we learned?
Research has shown that a large majority of these patients are not actually allergic to penicillin. When patients who reported ‘penicillin allergy’ on their chart were tested and challenged with penicillin, meaning a dose is given and the patient is closely monitored, more than 90% were not allergic. And in the United States, less than 1% of the population is truly allergic to penicillin. Read more