Bioterrorism FAQs

Amy K. Erickson

Pharmacy Today. 2001;7(11) 

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What can pharmacists tell patients about stockpiling ciprofloxacin?

"Don't! For reasons such as antibiotic resistance, improper use of medication, [and] self-diagnosis and treatment," said Downs. Medications can expire, and some patients may be allergic to ciprofloxacin without realizing it. In a panic, parents may overdose their children with an adult dose. when dispensing ciprofloxacin, pharmacists need to stress adherence since the antibiotic must be taken for the full 60 days to work. "Stockpiling ciprofloxacin is comforting but just not practical," said Tee.

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