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Penicillin allergy: Where are we up to in 2021?

Speciality Classification
Pharmacists
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
1 hour
Provider
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Penicillin allergy explained

Australian Pharmacist - March 2021 - Advanced management

The use of penicillin and related penicillin antibiotics is nowadays ubiquitous and has transformed clinical practice, but with its abundant use, patient-reported unwanted reactions to penicillins are also common.

In the last 75 years we have made significant progress in our understanding of the pathogenesis of drug allergies; however, this has not translated efficiently into the development of faster and more reliable diagnostics for the distinction of true penicillin allergy from presumed allergy. This is especially true for immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated reactions which carry the risk of rapid onset, life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Despite our lack of understanding of IgE mediated penicillin allergy, our grasp of T cell mediated reactions to penicillins has made significant steps forward. This review summarises the basics of penicillin allergy and puts into context the latest developments in the field.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, the pharmacist should be able to:

  • Explain penicillin allergy with respect to the most common immunological response
  • Discuss cross reactivity of cephalosporins in individuals allergic to penicillins
  • Discuss the impact of an incorrect attribution of an antibiotic allergy.

CPD Credits

Accreditation Code:  CAP2103AMML

Group 1:  1.00

Group 2:  2.00

This activity has been accredited for 1 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

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Title
Penicillin allergy: Where are we up to in 2021?
Speciality Classification
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
1 hour
CPD Points
Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credits), Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits)
Price
Free
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Location
Online
Price:
Free
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