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New ASCIA penicillin allergy e-training course

3 December 2018

Penicillin allergy is the most common drug allergy and is self-reported in up to 18 percent of hospitalised patients.

However, most (up to 90%) of patients with a penicillin allergy label are found not to be allergic on further assessment.

Importantly, in the true allergic patients, penicillin allergy can be life-threatening.

This course covers the following key questions about patients who have a history of penicillin allergy:

  • Is it ever appropriate to prescribe a penicillin?
  • Can a cephalosporin be prescribed?
  • What further information is required?
  • What are the danger signs of severe allergy?
  • Is it possible the patient might not be penicillin allergic?
  • How can we find out if they are still allergic?

ASCIA penicillin e-training for health professionals is the latest addition to the range of 20 free of charge ASCIA e-training courses. To register for this course go to


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