Are Fish Antibiotics Headed Towards Prescription-Only?

Are Fish Antibiotics Headed Towards Prescription-Only?

Stories have been circulating lately regarding new regulations for some veterinarian medications which have been previously ‘over the counter’. The various reports that I’ve read go so far as to suggest that even ‘fish meds’ may require a prescription in the future (hint: ‘fish’ antibiotics).

One wonders if it’s rumor, truth, or somewhere in-between.

The apparent deadline is the first of the year (2017) when the new regulations go into effect…

Over on Rawles’ site, a recent letter from an animal vet reads as follows,

Dear Jim:
Many preppers store antibiotics for fish or livestock water/feed medications over the counter (OTC). As of January 1st, 2017 this will come to an end as livestock producers will be required to get a VFD (veterinary feed directive) from a veterinarian to obtain these antibiotics. I don’t want to go into the specific differences but think of it as a prescription.

For anyone wanting antibiotics I would recommend getting some before the first of the year.

I am a mixed animal vet in the Ozarks. – E.E.

JWR Adds: A full list of drugs transitioning on January 1st from OTC to VFD status can bee seen in this FDA PDF. As news about this upcoming law change spreads, we can surely expect to see shortages at farm and ranch stores, and from mailorder vendors. Stock up. Several of our advertisers sell veterinary antibiotics at competitive prices. Please give them your patronage, and mention SurvivalBlog, when you do.

In a previous article, ‘Fish Antibiotics For Preparedness’, a quote from a doctor (who is into preparedness) reads,

When the bottles arrived, I dug out my photographic drug reference and found that these are indeed the same pills that are given to humans, right down to the tablet color and markings.

It makes business sense. It costs less for drug manufacturers to have one production line for each drug, rather than to build a separate process exclusively for veterinary medicines.

These are the same generic antibiotics that can be found on many pharmacy formularies.

The fact is that most ‘preppers’ know that these ‘fish meds’ (e.g. from Thomas Labs) are apparently the same antibiotics that a doctor would prescribe. And some have stocked up on the common antibiotics for SHTF emergency situations.

While I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice, it may seem prudent to have a supply of antibiotics on hand to be available for ‘just in case’.

Note: Do understand and do your due-diligence to discover the facts about antibiotics and their usage. Over-usage will cause resistance to antibiotics and there are also many circumstances whereby antibiotics are not the answer to treat one’s illness.

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While I am personally not sure if ‘Fish Antibiotics’ are going to require a prescription beginning Jan-1-2017, I can tell you that I will stock up with a few basics before then, just in case ?

Tom over at is a well known distributor of Thomas Labs, so if you are considering getting some for yourself then consider his site for your source…

Fish & Bird Antibiotics
Note: If you are a veterinarian, know one, or have further insight as to this report, let us know what you know or what you have heard…


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Ken Jorgustin

Ken Jorgustin’s survival blog focuses on a wide variety of preparedness topics varying from short to long term actions and solutions for wide-ranging scenarios of preparation… for daily life, disaster, or even SHTF collapse. Subjects include situational and risk awareness, the dangers, systemic risks, and avoidance of dependence upon the major ‘modern’ systems that we take for granted, topics of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and practical solutions to live a way of life while surviving these uncertain times. Modern Survival is Preparedness For Life Preparedness is a process and will become a way of life – one in which you have more control over your own destiny. Being better prepared will help liberate you from “the system” which in many ways is designed to hold you down and keep you “dependent”. Modern Survival Blog has been committed since JAN-2010 to produce a wide variety of information to hopefully provide you with ideas for your own preparedness.