Barbara Low, Whose Research Boosted Antibiotics, Dies at 98
Her work with Dorothy Hodgkin identified the structure of penicillin, enabling scientists to replicate it and develop drugs to treat other infections. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Low, Barbara Deaths (Obituaries) Biology and Biochemistry Research Antibiotics Columbia University Hodgkin, Dorothy Crowfoot Source Type: news

Barbara Low, Whose Research Identified the Shape of Penicillin, Dies at 98
Her work with Dorothy Hodgkin unleashed a bonanza of lifesaving antibiotics and gave other female scientists a foothold in a male-dominated field. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Low, Barbara W (1920-2019) Biology and Biochemistry Research Antibiotics Columbia University Deaths (Obituaries) Source Type: news

Why A Woman Suffered An Allergic Reaction From Oral Sex
Was there semen-ly a link with her partner taking a penicillin antibiotic? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Penicillin G Procaine Injection (Updated - Resolved)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - March 11, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

You probably don't have a penicillin allergy
(McMaster University) Two McMaster University physicians have five facts about penicillin allergy published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Derek Chu is a fellow in clinical immunology and allergy and David McCullagh is a fellow in infectious disease in the Department of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Several antibiotics appear effective against early-stage Lyme disease
This meta-analysis suggests that when symptoms of the disease are confined to a localised skin infection, treatment failures are relatively infrequent, only 2% at 12 months. Effective antibiotics include penicillin V, doxycycline, azithromycin, cefuroxime, amoxicillin and ceftriaxone plus doxycycline.The research has significant limitations, but choice, dose and duration of antibiotics appear to have little impact on outcomes. This research does not suggest that guidelines need to be reviewed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Second New Yorker contracts penicillin-resistant infection from trendy raw milk
A third person has contracted Brucella RB51, a strain of bacteria most commonly passed through unpasteurized milk. The New Yorker bought the milk from Miller ’s Biodiversity Farm. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Allergic to Penicillin? You May Not Be
Nineteen out of 20 people who have been told they are allergic to penicillin are not truly allergic to the drug. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Antibiotics Skin Allergies Tests (Medical) Infections Source Type: news

Misdiagnosis of Penicillin Allergy Common Misdiagnosis of Penicillin Allergy Common
Most patients who report having a penicillin allergy are not really allergic to the antibiotic, and they may be missing out on the best treatment for their condition as a result, according to a report in JAMA January 15.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Doctors explain misconceptions about penicillin allergy
(Reuters Health) - Most patients who report having a penicillin allergy are not really allergic to this highly effective antibiotic, and they may be missing out on the best treatment for their condition as a result, according to a new patient resource published in JAMA. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Evaluation and Management of Penicillin Allergy: A Review
This narrative review summarises the epidemiology of penicillin allergy and the clinical consequences of misattributing adverse drug events to β-lactam allergy, including development of antimicrobial resistance and adverse events associated with alternative antibiotics. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients Who Say They're Allergic to Penicillin Are Usually Wrong
(MedPage Today) -- All " allergic " patients should be evaluated, review concludes (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - January 16, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Review Shares Best Practices for Evaluating Penicillin Allergy
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 -- A new review, published in the Jan. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, addresses best practices for the evaluation and management of reported penicillin allergies. Erica S. Shenoy, M.D., Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

JAMA report outlines recommendations for evaluation and management of penicillin allergy
(Massachusetts General Hospital) A review article in the Jan. 15, 2019, issue of JAMA recommends best practices for evaluation of reported penicillin allergies and provides clinicians with guidance and tools to help determine appropriate procedures based on the severity of previously reported reactions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New JAMA Report, Initiated by AAAAI and Others, Provides...
Verifying the accuracy of a documented penicillin allergy can improve treatment outcomes, avoid spread of antibiotic resistance(PRWeb January 15, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/new_jama_report_initiated_by_aaaai_and_others_provides_recommendations_for_evaluating_and_managing_penicillin_allergy/prweb16035663.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - January 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Double check patients with'penicillin allergy' to avoid increased MRSA risk.
Healthcare staff should be aware of this and ensure that only people with a true allergy to penicillin are documented as such, NICE is urging. Incorrectly identifying people as allergic could also contribute to antimicrobial resistance, as these people are likely to instead be given broad-spectrum antibiotics. The warning comes in a new medicines evidence commentary (MEC) on research conducted in the UK and published in the BMJ in June 2018. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to make your own penicillin... just in case
(Natural News) The discovery of penicillin is considered a landmark moment in modern medicine. Although antibiotic overuse is a very serious problem, there is no denying that there are situations where antibiotics like penicillin can save your life. But what happens when you don’t have the luxury of heading to a hospital to get it?... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Association of a label of penicillin allergy with increased risk of MRSA and Clostridium difficile infection: DTB Select summary
This journal article gives summary and context to a matched cohort study, that found people with a documented allergy to penicillin have higher rates of MRSA and Clostridium difficile infection. This was influenced by increased use of alternatives to beta-lactam antibiotics. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bicillin CR (Penicillin G Benzathine and Penicillin G Procaine Inj) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - December 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Use of penicillin early in life, even in low doses, affects the gut microbiome, contributing to brain inflammation and changes in behavior
(Natural News) It is truly unavoidable to catch a cold or contract a disease, especially with today’s lifestyle trends and medical misinformation. A lot of the medicine we use to treat our health conditions may actually cause more harm than good. A St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University joint study found that low doses... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdiagnosis of Penicillin Allergy Leads to Costly, Inappropriate Treatment
This journal article notes ~10% US residents have been labelled as allergic to penicillin, often since childhood, yet, a growing body of evidence suggests that as few as 10% of people who report they're allergic to the antibiotic really are. It discusses risks of being incorrectly labelled. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman, 29, who suffered burns to 90 PER CENT of her skin after an allergic reaction to penicillin
Camille Lagier, from Avignon in the south of France, was left with the extreme burns because of a condition called toxic epidermal necrolysis, which is thought to only affect one in a million. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Penicillin G Benzathine and Penicillin G Procaine (Bicillin C-R) Injection (Updated - Resolved)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - October 24, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Signs and symptoms of syphilis
Syphilis has long been a global health issue affecting millions of people. Through the centuries, it's had many names, including?the "great pox" and "great crippler." Penicillin treatment is credited with decades of decline in syphilis cases, but infection rates are on the rise. A recent?report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there?s [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 24, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Think you're allergic to penicillin? Think again
People with penicillin allergies are more likely to get antibiotic-resistant infections such as C.difficile or MRSA, which can be life-threatening - yet 90 per cent are wrongly diagnosed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Remove a Penicillin Allergy Label: Safe, and Saves Money Remove a Penicillin Allergy Label: Safe, and Saves Money
Children who tested negative for penicillin allergy were able to subsequently tolerate penicillin.Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Dr. Reddy's sells US antibiotics plant to Neopharma
The plant and associated facilities focus on manufacturing or packaging amoxicillin-based products, which include a semi-synthetic penicillin (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - October 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The risk of MRSA and C difficile in people with documented'penicillin allergy '
This Medicines Evidence Commentary discusses UK large population-based cohort study that found people with a documented'penicillin allergy'had increased risk of MRSA and C.diff, highlighting importance of ensuring only'true'penicillin allergies are documented, in line with NICE guideline on drug allergy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fungal strains found naturally in the soil, including a relative of penicillin, could be an alternative to herbicides
(Natural News) Penicillium molds have been used to ripen cheese and produce the life-saving antibiotic penicillin. Now, a member of the large and common genus of fungi could serve as a natural alternative to synthetic herbicides. The discovery was made by Nigerian researchers from the University of Ilorin, who were looking for local microbes that could reduce the need for chemical weed-killers that polluted... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Subbing Azithromycin for Augmentin Flops in Pediatric Bronchiectasis
(MedPage Today) -- But macrolide is option for penicillin-hypersensitive kids (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Are fungi the secret to a sweet sounding violin? – Science Weekly podcast
From making violins sound beautiful, to beer and bread, to creating life-saving medicine, fungi have an array of very useful attributes. This week, a report demonstrates just how little we know about this kingdom of life and what we are set to gain if we tap into fungi as a resource.Hannah Devlin investigates.Join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterThe more mycologists study fungi, the more they ’re beginning to realise what an intriguing kingdom of life it is. Life-saving drugs like statins, penicillin and the immunosuppressants used in organ donation are all derived from fungi, as is the yeast used in bread and be...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Hannah Devlin and produced by Graihagh Jackson Tags: Science Environment Fungi Music Source Type: news

New edible mushrooms among thousands of recently discovered fungi
Fungi are vital to life on Earth but little studied – new species of mould were found on baby-carrier backpack and an oil paintingNew species of porcini, chanterelle and portobello mushrooms were among 2,000 new species of fungi discovered in 2017, which scientists say shows how little is known about the organisms.More than £30bn of edible fungi are sold each year, according to theState of the World ’s Fungi report published on Wednesday by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in the UK. But the lifeforms are even morevital to plants– 90% rely on fungi to thrive – and many human medicin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Plants Fungi Environment Biology Science World news Source Type: news

Penicillin at 90
(MedPage Today) -- There's more than people realize to the 20th century's greatest medical discovery (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - August 31, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Allergic to penicillin? Probably not, study says
Most people who think they have a penicillin allergy really don ’t, and that mistaken belief could lead to them being prescribed less-effective, more expensive medications if they develop an infection, a new study found.  The underuse of penicillin could also contribute to the development of more drug-resistant bacteria, Pharmaceutical Journal reported. Res earchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that although 10 percent of people in the United States believe they have a penicillin allergy,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Most people who think they have a penicillin allergy are wrong. That’s dangerous.
If it's been more than a decade since you were diagnosed with a penicillin allergy, you might want to get retested. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Furby Source Type: news

Deadly Respiratory Distress Mimic
Medic 534, staffed by a paramedic and EMT, is dispatched to a nursing home for a 78-year-old female in respiratory distress. On arrival, the crew finds the patient in a chair accompanied by two nurses and the administrator on call. The patient is in obvious distress showing fatigue and an increased work of breathing. She is alert to voice, but diaphoretic, lethargic, and unable to speak due to rapid, shallow breathing. A nurse is administering a nebulizer containing 3 mL of albuterol sulfate/ipratropium. A second nurse states that the patient has been in increasing distress for the last 45 minutes. The nurse also says that...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brenton Faber, PhD, NRP Tags: Airway & Respiratory Patient Care Source Type: news

Deadly Respiratory Distress Mimic
Conclusion It’s important for prehospital providers to be able to differentiate metabolic disturbances in the setting of respiratory distress and not be fooled into thinking tachypnea always has a respiratory cause. The physical exam and adjuncts such as end-tidal capnography can assist in the prehospital diagnosis. A COPD exacerbation generally presents as diminished lung sounds, wheezing on exhalation, and a prolonged expiratory phase. Here, a patient will attempt to compensate for the inflammation and mucus accumulation associated with the destruction and narrowing of peripheral airways and a subsequent lack of av...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - July 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brenton Faber, PhD, NRP Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Patient Care Source Type: news

How Common is Recurrent Kawasaki Disease?
Patient Presentation A 3.5-year-old female came to clinic with a 2-day history fever up to 101°F. The evening before she had complained of a sore throat but had no rhinorrhea, cough or rash. She was drinking reasonably well and was urinating frequently. She had been to a birthday party where an older child had had strep throat. The past medical history was positive for Kawasaki Disease diagnosed at 17 months of age and treated with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) on day 6 of fever. Her echocardiograms had been negative and she was being appropriately monitored by cardiology. The family history was positive for heart...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 16, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Q and A: How could my penicillin allergy go away?
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I always thought I was allergic to the antibiotic penicillin, but my doctor did an allergy test, and it turns out I?m not. How is that possible? ANSWER: An estimated 10 percent of people have been diagnosed as having an allergy to penicillin. Having a penicillin allergy on your health record is [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 3, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Risk of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile in patients with a documented penicillin allergy: population based matched cohort study
This research article covers a UK study (n=64,141 penicillin allergy [PA] and 237,258 matched comparators) noted documented penicillin allergy was linked to increased risk of MRSA (HR 1.69; 95% CI 1.51 to 1.90) and C difficile (1.26; 1.12 to 1.40) that was mediated by increased use of alternative (non- β lactam) antibiotics. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Penicillin Allergy Linked to MRSA, C. Difficile Risk
THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 -- There is a correlation for documented penicillin allergy with increased risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile, which is mediated by increased use of β-lactam alternative... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 28, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

People with penicillin allergies are far more likely to get superbugs, study reveals
People who have, or think they have, a penicillin allergy are more likely to get superbugs because they are given antibiotics which destroy good gut bacteria, a study by scientists in Boston says. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Testing for Penicillin Allergy May Cut 'Superbug' Infection Risk
Title: Testing for Penicillin Allergy May Cut 'Superbug' Infection RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/27/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/28/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Allergies General)
Source: MedicineNet Allergies General - June 28, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Patients with penicillin allergy at increased risk of ‘superbug’ infections
Patients who have a record of a penicillin allergy are at an increased risk of developing the drug resistant infection MRSA and healthcare-associated infection C difficile, according to researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 28, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Possible penicillin allergy link to risk of ‘superbug’ infections
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Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Penicillin Allergy Linked to MRSA, C difficile Infections Penicillin Allergy Linked to MRSA, C difficile Infections
Patients with documented penicillin allergy have a greater risk of developing new methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile infections, a study has found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Testing for Penicillin Allergy May Cut'Superbug' Infection Risk
WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 -- People believed to have a penicillin allergy are often prescribed much stronger antibiotics that can raise their risk for dangerous infections, a new study suggests. But testing folks to make sure they really are allergic... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Patients believed allergic to penicillin have increased risks of MRSA and C. difficile
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Analysis of outpatient records of large number of British patients reveals that those believed to be allergic to penicillin have significantly increased risks of contracting the dangerous infections MRSA and C. difficile. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaria-Free Paraguay; Don't Neglect Nipah Virus; Global Penicillin Shortage?
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of infectious diseases (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Shortage of important form of penicillin affecting 39 countries, including India: AMF
In Brazil, the shortage of penicillin coincided with a syphilis outbreak that, as a result, could not be brought under control. Between 2012 and 2015. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - June 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news