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Patients labeled as penicillin-allergic and MRSA and C. difficile infections

KEY POINT

The risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infections was higher in patients who reported a penicillin allergy compared with those who did not, according to results of an observational study published in BMJ. The risks of developing MRSA and C. difficile were reportedly mediated by use of alternative broad-spectrum non–beta-lactam antibiotics.