Insulin Syringes

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Do I need a prescription to purchase insulin syringes?

Answer

In most states, insulin syringes are available without a prescription. Some states do have guidelines limiting the amount of syringes that can be purchased over the counter. For instance, Connecticut , Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and New Hampshire permit the sale of 10 syringes or less without a prescription. In California, 30 or fewer insulin syringes can be sold without a prescription and the maximum in Illinois is 20 syringes.

There are a few states that have age restrictions as well. Insulin syringes can be obtained without a prescription in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey by patients 18 years old and above and, in Virginia, you must be at least 16 years of age. Patients in Nevada and Maryland may be asked to furnish proof of their diabetes diagnosis.

Since state laws can change often, it is always best to check with your local pharmacy what may be required at the time of purchase.

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