Penicillin ‘allergy’ often a myth and may worsen drug resistance

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Penicillin ‘allergy’ often a myth and may worsen drug resistance

Virginia
McMillan
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Lab work helps with decisions on antibiotics Photo: Wellington SCL
“As soon as you exclude penicillin antibiotics, you have to go into the more toxic antibiotics with higher-risk side effects” Nine out of 1, Juliet Elvy credit Wellington SCL, Clinical microbiologist Juliet Elvy says penicillin is safe for many patients who believe they are allergic Photo: Wellington SCL

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Of course 95% of antibiotics are dispensed in the community...but what proportion of those community dispensed meds are prescribed by GPs compared to pharmacists, EDs, hospital doctors and specialists (whose patients will also pick up their prescriptions in the community)?