New Study: Penicillin Testing Shown to Change Treatment Course
(Baltimore, MD and Round Rock, TX) August 17, 2016 –– A new study from the University of Maryland reveals that testing hospital patients for penicillin allergy leads to optimal antibiotic treatment, since most people who think they are allergic to penicillin are actually not.1 And finding out doesn’t take an allergist: the study evaluated a penicillin allergy skin testing program that was managed by infectious diseases physician fellows who were able to appropriately assess patients for penicillin allergy and perform the testing. Treatment can be improved as a result of penicillin allergy testing according to the study:
- 84% of those who tested negative for penicillin allergy were given antibiotic changes
- 63% received a narrower spectrum antibiotic
- 80% received more effective therapy
- and 61% received more cost effective therapy.
- Implementation of an Infectious Disease Fellow Managed Penicillin Allergy Skin Testing Service, Open Forum Infectious Diseases July 22, 2016, http://ofid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/07/22/ofid.ofw155.abstract
- Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care: A Practical Playbook, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2016.