University of Hong Kong study finds most patients labelled as allergic to penicillin can take the drug without dangerous side effects. Photo: Shutterstock
University of Hong Kong study finds most patients labelled as allergic to penicillin can take the drug without dangerous side effects. Photo: Shutterstock

No allergy: Hong Kong study finds many ‘wrongly labelled’ patients can take penicillin to fight superbugs

  • Thousands have unconfirmed allergies listed in medical records, which limits drugs they can be given
  • Nine in 10 patients have ‘allergy’ alerts erased from medical records after checks in ‘delabelling’ drive

University of Hong Kong study finds most patients labelled as allergic to penicillin can take the drug without dangerous side effects. Photo: Shutterstock
University of Hong Kong study finds most patients labelled as allergic to penicillin can take the drug without dangerous side effects. Photo: Shutterstock
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