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Is it good idea to make antibiotics available for purchase through community pharmacies without a prescription?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Melvin Glover
Family Medicine
10 doctors agree

In brief: No

Not all infections need to be treated with antibiotics.
Making antibiotics available without a prescription may lead to overuse of antibiotics & antibiotic resistance. Also, different antibiotics treat different infections. Therefore, if a person does need an antibiotic, he/she needs to be evaluated by a physician so that the appropriate antibiotic may be chosen for that specific condition.

In brief: No

Not all infections need to be treated with antibiotics.
Making antibiotics available without a prescription may lead to overuse of antibiotics & antibiotic resistance. Also, different antibiotics treat different infections. Therefore, if a person does need an antibiotic, he/she needs to be evaluated by a physician so that the appropriate antibiotic may be chosen for that specific condition.
Dr. Melvin Glover
Dr. Melvin Glover
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2 comments
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Agreed 100%. Additionally, antibiotics have very significant risks to them, and taking them unnecessarily can do far more harm than good.
Dr. Ho Anh
It's also bad for public welfare. Improper use can lead to bacterial resistance.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No,2 reasons

Antibiotics are trendously overused.
The results are bacteria that have become resistant. Mersa is a growing problem. Also, there are so many different classes of antibiotics, and differing infections, that a proper diagnosis and treatment protocol must be followed. That should require a doctors expertise.

In brief: No,2 reasons

Antibiotics are trendously overused.
The results are bacteria that have become resistant. Mersa is a growing problem. Also, there are so many different classes of antibiotics, and differing infections, that a proper diagnosis and treatment protocol must be followed. That should require a doctors expertise.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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