Penicillin and cephalosporin allergy

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

May 2014 Volume 112, Issue 5, Pages 404-412

Overall Purpose:
Participants will be able to demonstrate increased knowledge of the clinical treatment of allergy/asthma/immunology and how new information can be applied to their own practices.

Accreditation: The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Planning Committee Members:

Michael E. Pichichero, MD (Author)

Michael S. Tankersley, MD (CME Series Editor)

Gailen D. Marshall, Jr, MD, PhD (Editor-in-Chief)

Target Audience

Physicians involved in providing patient care in the field of allergy/asthma/immunology

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the component structures of penicillin and ampicillin accounting for allergy and the relationship of chemical structure of penicillins and cephalosporins in predicting cross reactivity
  • Discuss the predictive value of penicillin, ampicillin and cephalosporin skin testing for identifying patients at risk for subsequent allergic reactions
Additional information

G.D. Marshall has received research grants from Amgen, AstraZeneca, and National Institutes of Health (NIH). M.E. Pichichero, M.S. Tankersley, and R. Zagursky have nothing to disclose. Reviewers and Education/Editorial staff have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Both approved and unapproved/investigative uses of various antibiotics are discussed.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Michael E. Pichichero, MD; and Robert Zagursky, PhD

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance
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