Allergic Reactions in Hospitalized Patients With a Self-Reported Penicillin Allergy Who Receive a Cephalosporin or Meropenem.
J Pharm Pract. 2017 Feb;30(1):42-48
Authors: Crotty DJ, Chen XJ, Scipione MR, Dubrovskaya Y, Louie E, Ladapo JA, Papadopoulos J
BACKGROUND: Cefepime and meropenem are used frequently in hospitalized patients for broad-spectrum empiric coverage, however, practitioners are often reluctant to prescribe these antibiotics for patients with a self-reported nonsevere, nontype I allergic reaction to penicillin.
METHODS: Retrospective review of electronic medical records of adults with a self-reported allergy to penicillin who received at least 1 dose of cefepime, ceftriaxone, cefoxitin, cephalexin, or meropenem to assess incidence and type of allergic reactions.
RESULTS: Of 175 patients included, 10 (6%) patients experienced an allergic reaction. The incidence for individual study drugs were cefepime 6% (6 of 96), meropenem 5% (3 of 56), cefoxitin 8% (1 of 13), ceftriaxone 0% (0 of 69), and cephalexin 0% (0 of 8). The majority of patients experienced a rash with or without pruritus and fever. Patients with a concomitant "sulfa" allergy (odds ratio [OR] 5.4, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.4-21, P = .02) or ≥3 other drug allergies (OR 6.4, 95% CI 1.3-32, P = .025) were more likely to have an allergic reaction.
CONCLUSIONS: In one of the largest retrospective reviews of hospitalized patients who received full dose therapy with cefepime, ceftriaxone, and meropenem, the incidence of allergic reactions was low and reactions were mild. Cefepime, ceftriaxone, and meropenem can be considered for use in patients with a self-reported nontype I penicillin allergy.
PMID: 26038245 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]