To the Editor Dr Shenoy and colleagues1 encouraged physicians, not only allergists, to evaluate patients with penicillin allergy before deciding not to use penicillin or other β-lactam antibiotics. Their approach is supported by evidence that shows that true penicillin allergy is rare and that penicillin oral challenge is a safe and effective method to rule out penicillin allergy. Ruling out penicillin allergy serves as an important tool for antimicrobial stewardship.
Faitelson Y, Beigelman A. Evaluation of Patients With a History of Penicillin Allergy. JAMA. 2019;321(23):2366–2367. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.4534
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