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What Alternative to Penicillin in the Allergic Patient?

What Alternative to Penicillin in the Allergic Patient?

Advances in environmental sanitation, immunizations, antimicrobial therapy, and medical research have greatly reduced the impact of infectious diseases (IDs) on our communities. Nonetheless, infections and the cost of treating them remain a burden to the health care system.

In primary care practice, we may spend more time making referrals for suspected ID than actually treating infected patients. Here, as a brush up, is the sixth in our series of 10 practical ID pearls. 

6. Can imipenem/cilastatin be used to treat a patient who is allergic to penicillin?

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