In Part 1 antibiotics meant for fish were discussed as a source for human use after TSHTF. In Part 2 a source to legally obtain antibiotics meant for human consumption was looked at. Here in Part 3 a cost comparison is performed as well as some additional information on whether vet and human antibiotics may be the same.
For a cost comparison I am going to compare purchasing the same antibiotics from SurvivingHealthy.com and Amazon.com. SurvivingHealthy.com offers a couple of different packages. For this effort – let’s take a look at the Basic Package.
– – SurvivingHealthy.com Basic Package : Includes complete treatment for multiple infections with complete instructions included. Antibiotics included: penicillin, amoxicillin, doxycycline, cephalexin, sulfa.
Total cost – $119.99
– – Purchasing the same antibiotics through Amazon breaks down as follows:
Penicillin Tablets – 500mg – 30 tablets
Amoxicillin 500mg – 50 capsules
Doxycycline 100mg – 100 tablets
Cephalexin 500mg – 100 capsules
Sulfa 960mg – 60 tablets
Total cost – $116.00
As one can see – very little cost difference. The total quantity of meds obtained from Amazon surely is larger and that can be taken into consideration. For me – I am going the route of SurvivingHealthy.com to be able to put back some antibiotics “just in case”. With the little cost difference as well as the usage guidelines provided with each order – I feel very comfortable with this decision.
This is a decision that I have made for myself and my family.
For those choosing to store vet antibiotics…….
I received the following comment from a reader………
“I have been unable to find what I would be considered absolute factual information that leads me to believe that antibiotics meant for animal/fish use are EXACTLY the same as those prescribed for humans.”
If you believe the FDA as a factual source of information, see Section 206.10 of the CFR:
Sec. 206.10 Code imprint required.
“(a) Unless exempted under 206.7, no drug product in solid oral dosage form may be introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce unless it is clearly marked or imprinted with a code imprint that, in conjunction with the product’s size, shape, and color, permits the unique identification of the drug product and the manufacturer or distributor of the product. “
Based on Hector’s recommendations – I decided to give it a try.
I visited Aquaticpharmacy.com and found aquatic Amoxicillin. See picture below:
Next – I visited Drugs.com and found the reference for Amoxicillin. What I found was that the capsules pictured at both sites matched. It appears that both drugs are identical. Now, are they? To know that for sure that would require a chemical analysis.
Regardless – this is information that can be used when considering whether or not to purchase antibiotics from any source.
Thanks Hector for the information.
You have antibiotics…..now what?
Should a source for antibiotics be decided, purchased ad stored away – what will you do after TSHTF and they are needed?
One source I have found on antibiotics and their usage is a book called Where There Is No Doctor. Chapter 7 discusses what antibiotics are and then in the GREEN PAGES there is a large list of antibiotics and detailed instructions on usage. Where There Is No Doctor is an excellent resource in any survival and preparedness library.
No doubt there are other resources to obtain information.
To sum it up – in a TEOTWAWKI situation where medical services are nonexistent, being able to care for yourself and loved ones with antibiotics if necessary is a serious and crucial matter.
As always – prepare now while you still can.