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Penicillin allergy increases risk for use of less-effective antibiotics
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Penicillin allergy increases risk for use of less-effective antibiotics

Published: June 29, 2020  |  2 min read, 374 words
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A new study finds that 64 percent of patients with a penicillin allergy receive a less-effective drug instead. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |People allergic to penicillin are nearly twice as likely to receive a less effective antibiotic during hospitalization, with more side effects, those who are not allergic to the drug, an analysis published Monday by found.In all, 16% of hospitalized patients have a penicillin allergy, with 45 percent of allergic reactions to the drug involving hives or rash, the researchers said.Most of those allergic to the antibiotic, 64 percent, received a... READ MORE
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