Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 759--760

Rate of penicillin allergy among health people: Observation from screening penicillin skin test


Won Sriwijitalai1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 RVT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Visiting Professor, Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

Correspondence Address:
Won Sriwijitalai
RVT Medical Center, Bangkok
Thailand




How to cite this article:
Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. Rate of penicillin allergy among health people: Observation from screening penicillin skin test.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:759-760


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Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. Rate of penicillin allergy among health people: Observation from screening penicillin skin test. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 May 31 ];10:759-760
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Dear Editor,

The problem of drug allergy can be seen worldwide. It becomes an important concern in public health. The penicillin is a common antibiotic that can cause allergy and the penicillin allergy can be fatal.[2] The data on the exact prevalence of penicillin allergy are very interesting. Of interest, Macy [2] noted that “millions of individuals falsely labeled with penicillin allergy need to be evaluated to safely allow them to use penicillin-class antibiotics and avoid morbidity associated with penicillin avoidance. Here, the authors report on rate of penicillin allergy among health people from an observation from screening penicillin-skin test. A group of health adult worker in a drug manufacturing factory was screened for possible penicillin allergy. From 35 screeners, the positive test can be seen in three cases, giving the rate equal to 8.57%. Of interest, all had no previous history of penicillin allergy. This rate is similar to the previous report by Macy.[3]

This is an important information in public health pharmacology.

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References

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2Macy E. Penicillin allergy: optimizing diagnostic protocols, public health implications, and future research needs. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol 2015;15:308-13.
3Macy E. Penicillin and beta-lactam allergy: epidemiology and diagnosis. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep 2014;14:476.