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Rob43

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Hi, Someone told my that a person can buy insulin over the counter without a doctors prescription. Is this true or false?



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I have never heard of or seen that happen!

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I don't think you can, but that might be up to the state in which you live. In Kansas, you don't need an perscription to get syringes or needles and I know different states have different rules on that.
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I've never needed a prescription to buy Regular or NPH in Alabama or Georgia. A prescription is required for Humalog though.
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You can in California. Syringes, on the other hand are rx only.
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In CT, you can buy insulin and, I think, up to 10 syringes. Any more then that and you need a prescription.

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You don't need one in TN either for insulin or syringes! You would think that with the drug problems this country has that they would ask for one for syringes at least! Oh yeah.....were we not going to give junkies free syringes at one time to stop the spread of AIDS? hmmmm but diabetics need them to live so lets charge them!....I think I would have just lost it if that ever past.

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Here in PA ... Ed needs a script for both. We had trouble last month cuz the endo put refills on the insulin but not the syringes ... smart lady, huh? Also - his 1st box of 100 syringes were the longer (normal?) ones he can't use cuz he's so thin - he gets the ones for kids. Because it was a prescription, they won't take them back!

Anybody need 100 syringes? Beth.
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Beth I don't think they are for kids! I just think they are for if you take smaller dosages as opposed to40 plus units at a time but I could be wrong...I like the little needles and that is what I have a package of but I also use to use a syringe at least 3 or 4 times a day before I got a new one. I ask the Doc and he said it was okay to reuse it if it is the same insulin and that as long as the needle wasn't dull you could use the same syringe over and over. I do use the same lancet all day long before I switch them.
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In Alaska and Washington you don't need a prescribtion for insulin or any amount of needles you need.

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Well you might want to know...Nuttin here in Turkey need a prescription except drugs which contain narcotics.

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Belinda - We're both probably right and wrong regarding the needle size. The short ultra-fine syringes Ed uses only go up to 50 units. But the dm nurse also said they use them for children because kids are so much smaller and they cause less discomfort. Plus Ed is so thin they suggested them so the d*amned thing doesn't hit his bone!

And regarding reuse ... I've tried more than once but get the heebie-jeebies at the thought of reusing!!! I know it makes no sense but it's a hang-up I have. I won't even let him reuse a lancet. Beth.
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Belinda - We're both probably right and wrong regarding the needle size. The short ultra-fine syringes Ed uses only go up to 50 units. But the dm nurse also said they use them for children because kids are so much smaller and they cause less discomfort. Plus Ed is so thin they suggested them so the d*amned thing doesn't hit his bone!



that's the size syringe and needle that my father-in-law uses and I don't think he's a child, although........sometimes...........
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Gobbo,
Makes sense to me!!! And I'm with you all the way to town on that one!! :thumbsup:

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Whilst you can't buy insulin (or indeed, any prescription drug) over the counter, if any of you care to head on over to eBay and search for 'Insulin', you'll probably be quite surprised by the results, although eBay's security policy means that most get blocked now.

As far as I'm aware, there's actually quite a market for insulin, because it's supposed to have very positive effects for bodybuilders as a muscle growth agent. Since it's obviously undetectable in any drug test because it's a naturally present hormone, many bodybuilders are turning to insulin as an alternative to steroids to get that extra edge.

Doesn't strike me as a particularly safe way to go about it though...

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You can buy humulin and novolin n and r (NPH and Regular insulin) over the counter in Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona and Florida for sure. I know because I've done it in all four states many times. I believe you can pretty much anywhere in the U.S. I think its governed federally. Don't let the Fascists and the Socialists trying to control tell you any different.

I originally discovered this after being discharged from the Naval Hospital in Pensacola Florida after my original diagnosis. The idiots sent me home on Saturday without a prescription and their pharmacy was closed (typical gubment bull**** and now their going to force everybody to get insurance from them*). Being 19 and not knowing any better I thought it would only make sense that a drug you need to survive would be available over the counter. Why would anybody erect an artificial barrier to obtaining a drug you need to survive? So I went to the pharmacy and unbelievably somehow someway my basic belief in human decency that had not yet been shattered actually was vindicated on this rare occassion. So I bought some expletive insulin and went back to the expletive barracks. I'd be ****ed if I was going to panic and demand permission from some retard bureaucrat or be too cheap to buy the stuff that was supposedly going to keep me alive.

Although now being 19 and still naive I was begginning to question if indeed it was true that I really needed insulin to live. If that were the case the case why the c---su--ing motherf--- could I possibly be dx'd from the hospital without insulin? Why? It reminded of the time I did something stupid in boot camp and my Drill Instructor threw me over my foot locker while holding on to my lapel. A perplexed and pained expression was on his face as stood over me asked the simple yet eternally poignant question. Why?

Fortunately on that day my better judgment prevailed and I took the initiative to do the right thing.






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Here you can buy anything diabetes related without a prescription.

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Here you can buy anything diabetes related without a prescription.


Where is "here", Alexx? In California you can buy NPH and R over the counter and that's pretty much it. In an emergency you can buy a 10-pack of syringes but you may get a panic from the clerk - they evidently think that the only people using syringes are up to no good!

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Here in Pennsylvania you can now buy syringes without a prescription. There are several types of insulin that you can buy without a prescription also, but not the usual ones....like Lantus, Levemir, Novolog or Humalog. To buy the non-prescription insulins at Wal-Mart, you go to the pharmacy section, go down the diabetic supplies aisle, and on the shelves they have cards with the insulins listed. You grab a card and take it to the pharmacist and they will get the insulin for you from the refrigerator.

It does make you wonder why they allow some insulins to be purchased without a prescription, but not others. Insulin is insulin. They may each work a bit differently, but in the end, they all lower your glucose levels, so what's the difference?:confused:

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It does make you wonder why they allow some insulins to be purchased without a prescription, but not others. Insulin is insulin. They may each work a bit differently, but in the end, they all lower your glucose levels, so what's the difference?:confused:


Money!! The new insulins are actually analogs and are not identical to human insulin. Therefore, they're technically not actual insulin so the companies can keep them on prescription and charge a fortune for them. The older Regular & NPH insulins are identical to human insulin. I think when Banting & Best sold the patent for insulin for $1 (or something like that) it was with the condition that people would always be able to buy it without a prescription.
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