People using 'antibiotics for fish', claims US study

Concern over high volume of positive feedback online about use in humans

Some people in the US may be taking antibiotics intended for fish as a way around the expense and inconvenience of seeing a doctor, a study suggests.

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Researchers from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy analysed reviews for fish antibiotics available online and found a small but significant percentage of consumers reviewed the antibiotics for human use.

In research presented at the American Society of Health–System Pharmacists (ASHP) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, in December, they found antibiotics marketed for fish attracted

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