Why are basic antibiotics still prescription?Submitted by OnwardUpward on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 21:55
I'm asking why antibiotics are still available only by prescription. This is focused specifically on situations where medication availability may be limited or completely unavailable.
Yes, I'm fully aware of the argument against liberal use of basic penicillin derived antibiotics: "The Threat of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria". The problem is that I've heard this argument literally since I was a small child (this was decades ago) from my mom who was in the health care industry.
I can appreciate that large hospital and elderly centers have a real environment where antibiotic resistance outbreak is a legitimate threat. But... judging that in a normal environment where sick and dying people are not in my family's immediate vicinity, liberal antibiotic use works fine with no effect, why does a doctor need to sign off on my very typical penicillin for a tooth infection, or bladder infection? Pill like these are literal LIFE-SAVERS in times when a doctor is not around and a genius is not necessary to take a few pills.
And keep in mind that antibiotics are not narcotics or anything anywhere close to a possible recreation drug, not abuseable.
If humanity has somehow come out unscathed by a SuperBug after several decades of dire warnings about SuperBugs and billions of people taking antibiotics liberally, why does the law prevent me from buying antibiotics right now over the counter in preparation for times when a doctor is unavailable?