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So You Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? You're Probably Not

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

  • Jan 17, 2019 11:00 pm
  • 14:29

(Originally aired August 30, 2018) Guest: Kimberly Blumenthal, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard, Antibiotic Allergy Researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital Did you know that 90% of people who think they are allergic to penicillin, actually aren't? And that misunderstanding places them at much higher risk for serious, drug-resistant infections. If penicillin is one of the most effective antibiotics available, why are so many people avoiding it unnecessarily?