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Forum Post: Has anyone in the New York area taken fish or animal antibiotics to treat an illness for financial/health insurance reasons?

Posted 8 years ago on July 12, 2012, 4:15 p.m. EST by sdo230 (0)
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I am a freelance producer working on a short documentary and I would like to speak to anyone who has ever bought fish or animal antibiotics because they could not afford to see a doctor.

All experiences are welcome, but please let me know if you are in the New York Area and would like to participate in this documentary. Whether you are a student, part of the 99%, parent or disenfranchised individual, I'd love to hear your story!

The project will be part of a series of New York based human interest pieces that provide a microcosmic example of a larger issue; in this case the use of fish or animal antibiotics to treat human illnesses is potentially the result of increasingly unaffordable healthcare or to stockpile for a for a potential shortage in the future.

See this related article http://www.consumer-health.com/services/cons_take30.php




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[-] 2 points by JPB950 (2254) 8 years ago

You may have to work out another approach for a piece on high health care costs. It isn't antibiotics. Even in the case of other medications, many generic drugs for humans are inexpensive if you know where to shop.

Many of the chain stores are getting into pharmacies and selling them for humans at very low prices. Some chain supermarkets are giving antibiotics away for free.


Why would anyone bother to use antibiotics intended for animals? Pet medications are more expensive then generic drugs intended for humans. Even for pets you still need a script and then you need to be sure the dosage is right for humans.

[-] 1 points by JenLynn (692) 8 years ago

I was on break in Florida and got sick. The only expensive part was the doctor visit. There is this supermarket in Florida, called Pubilx, they fill generic antibiotic prescriptions for free. Weird to get something for free but that's the way they do it all the time in that store.

To say it as nicely as I can, you'd have to be very uninformed to buy the generic antibiotics at the pet store where they cost more instead of say at Walmart or some place that charges nothing or close to nothing.

[-] 1 points by MsStacy (1035) 8 years ago

Are you serious? I've had to pay more for antibiotics for my dog then for myself. Walmart only charges $4 for generic antibiotics (the same with many other generic meds) and I don't have to worry about the dosage being right for me.