Detecting drug allergies before they occur?

Having recently completed a rotation on the Allergy and Immunology service I was interested in learning about a new device designed to detect in vitro allergic reactions to beta-lactam antibiotics.  While this device is able to deliver cheaper and faster results than standard blood testing, it still relies on the flawed premise than exhibiting an IgE-mediated response implies that a person will have a life threatening allergic reaction.  Rather than updating a flawed approach, technology in this arena should focus on more reliably predicting or at least risk stratefying patients based on their likelihood of having a severe allergic reaction that should prohibit them from taking.

Full article:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: