People in the U.S. without insurance will sometimes buy antibiotics for fish as they are the same grade and dosage as human antibiotics but do not require a prescription
“Times are tough and Americans are cutting corners whereever possible. An alarming trend in penny pinching is emerging within the medical industry. Humans are looking outside the normal channels for antibiotics. More and more people are purchasing antibiotics made for their pets and taking the antibiotics themselves. According to USA Today , 50.7 million Americans are uninsured and drug prices are steadily rising. The bottom line is many Americans can’t afford to go to their doctor for treatment of a simple infection.
Brandon Goff, of the Pentagon Clinic in Washington, states that “”the biggest loophole in the regulation of veterinary drugs is the sale of fish antibiotics in pet stores””. Numerous antibiotics including Tetracycline, an antibiotic used to treat certain kinds of bacteria infections, can be found at pet stores and online pet supply stores.