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: http://www.medgadget.com/2016/11/cobiophad-device-promises-quicker-efficient-drug-allergy-diagnosis.html

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