September 28 is the date Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. Significantly it was designated National Penicilin Allergy Day to celebrate raising awareness and focusing on the importance of knowing a patient’s true allergy history while offering care and resources. Unverified penicillin allergy is being increasingly recognized as a public health concern 1, and studies have found that an estimated 10% of patients self-report as being penicillin allergic, but only <1% are actually allergic.2
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1. Macy, Eric. Penicillin Allergy: Optimizing Diagnostic Protocols, Public Health Implications, and Future Research Needs. Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology: August 2015 – Volume 15 – Issue 4 – p 308–313
2. Is it really a penicillin allergy? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/community/for-hcp/Penicillin-Allergy.html. Updated October 31, 2017. Accessed September 4, 2019.