Penicillin Allergy (Adult) (962)


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Penicillin allergy is over-reported by patients. This leads to unnecessary use of broad-spectrum/less effective alternatives which increases costs, resistance and adverse outcomes. Correctly identifying those who are not actually penicillin-allergic and utilising beta-lactam antibiotics improves patient outcomes and reduces adverse events. See the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) website for more details, including guidance on when/how to consider Penicillin Allergy De-labelling:
At the QEUH site there is a limited penicillin allergy de-labelling service for in-patients: contact the ID registrar on-call


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Last reviewed: 16 November 2021

Next review: 30 November 2024

Author(s): Ysobel Gourlay

Version: 1

Author Email(s): [email protected]

Approved By: Antimicrobial Utilisation Committee

Document Id: 962