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  • Someone asked:
    Hello, Where can I find lidocaine with epinephrine? Is it available in this store?
    • Jason Hazard replied:
      We don't currently offer lidocaine with epinephrine. Henry Schein and other medical supply stores carry it, though.
  • Someone asked:
    Hey I just ran across your site. I wanted to know what IV bag I would need to administer a Gluathione IV .
    • Jason Hazard replied:
      Normal saline or sterile water is recommended by most resources.
  • Someone asked:
    I need Ringer's Lactate, don't see it in drop down menu- am I missing something?
    • Jason Hazard replied:
      You are not missing anything. At this time, due to the national shortage of IV fluids, we do not have lactated ringer solution available. As soon as it becomes available again, we will return it to the medical supply store.
  • Someone asked:
    Will the IV fluid shortage impact availability of fluids and other supplies here?
    • Jason Hazard replied:
      Yes. The IV fluid shortage will reduce available supply, including what is available on The Medical Prepper.
  • Someone asked:
    Can you also find the 40mg/ml Medrol injection vials?
    • TMP Team replied:
      Sorry. Not at this time. Thanks - TMP.
  • Someone asked:
    As an RN feel comfortable determining the right amount and type of fluids an individual in my family might need in an emergent situation. Do I have any liability I should be worried about if I'm the person starting an IV line for my family members? Should I educate a non-licensed individual to start the IV to reduce my professional liability?
    • Patton Graham replied:
      You ask valid questions. I can respond in the context of a collapse or catastrophe. I can also only answer in the context of what I would do / feel / believe for my own family. The bottom-line for me is that I just wouldn't care about liability. Even solely acting as a registered nurse and not as a provider, if any member of my family had a truly emergent health crisis and 1) help was not on the way and 2) access to help was not available, I wouldn't think twice about starting a line and initiating interval or definitive treatment. Yes, there is legal liability anytime you work outside of your scope. No, the good samaritan law would not cover you for this type of intervention. No, having someone else start the line would not mitigate the liability; it would only spread it to two people versus one. I write with the backdrop of catastrophe in sight. That is the pure contextual basis of essentially every post on this site. Having a clearer understanding of what-to-do-when, within the context of an absence of professional medical intervention - this is the principle that undergirds and prepossesses any question of the same type as you posed. Right now, we have access. In the event we did not have access, the most important questions to ask are what would you do and what would you do it with. Liability is collateral damage in the event of catastrophe when faced with medical crisis.
  • Someone asked:
    Nice site. I saw your post on AR 15 and came to check out your site. My question is about expiration dates. What type of a shelf life should I expect on unopened fish antibiotics? I have a nice, cool storage area with little humidity.
    • Patton Graham replied:
      Hi! Thanks for the compliment and for visiting the site! The fish antibiotics have about a two-year expiration printed on the bottle. However, they're tablets and capsules which have been proven to last decades (see my post on medication expiration dates) if stored a humidity-controlled, cool, dry storage area. Hope that answers your question.
  • Someone asked:
    Will you be getting access to other non-controlled, rX meds? As a Medic, I wish I could get ACLS drugs more easily. I have a cardiac monitor.
    • TMP Team replied:
      Not at this time. We keep our eyes open for compatible vendors but haven't found any yet for the products you described. Thanks for what you do!
  • Someone asked:
    can you provide IV fluid such as NS in smaller size bags like 100 ml or 250 ml?
    • TMP Team replied:
      We currently do not have access to these bag fluid volumes. Sorry.
  • Someone asked:
    if amoxicillin 500mg is expired 1 1/2 years can it still treat cellulitis?
    • Patton Graham replied:
      Probably, technically. However, amoxicillin isn't really the best choice for cellulitis as it doesn't reach the skin very well. Keflex (cephalexin) or clindamycin or bactrim are better choices. But, as far as the expiration is concerned, amoxicillin in capsule or tablet form should remain potent for many years beyond its expiration date.