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Prescription required for
Insulin?
Insulin analogs require
a prescription in the US
Syringes?
United States    
AlabamaNoNo
AlaskaYesYes
There are some reports that indicate prescriptions are not needed for either insulin or syringes.
ArizonaNoNo (some pharmacies may require)
ArkansasNoNo
CaliforniaNoNo (some pharmacies may require)
ColoradoNoNo (some pharmacies may require)
ConnecticutNoYes
Can get 10 days worth without a prescription
DelawareNoYes
District of ColumbiaNoNo (with DM ID or insulin purchase)
FloridaNoDepends on the county, mostly No, but:
Yes Broward County
GeorgiaNoNo
HawaiiNoNo Data
IdahoNoNo
May ask for ID
IllinoisNoNo
IndianaNoNo (must sign a logbook)
IowaNoNo
KansasNoNo (most pharmacies, if purchased with insulin)
KentuckyNoNo
LouisianaNoNo
MaineNoYes
MarylandNoNo (must sign a logbook)
MassachusettsNoNo
MichiganNoNo
MinnesotaNo
Some pharmacies may require a one-time only prescription for insulin which has unlimited refills.
No
MississippiNoNo
MissouriNoNo
MontanaNoNo
NebraskaNoNo
NevadaNoNo
New HampshireNoNo
New JerseyNoYes (might be waived with ID)
New MexicoNoNo
New YorkNoNo
The pharmacy can choose whether or not to require a prescription for syringes. If the pharmacy does sell syringes without a prescription, it can only dispense 10 syringes at a time, and it cannot give them to anyone under 18 years old.
North CarolinaNoNo
North DakotaNoNo
OhioNoNo
OklahomaNoNo
Some local municpalities require a prescription
OregonNoNo
PennsylvaniaNoNo
Rhode IslandNoNo
South CarolinaNoNo
South DakotaNoNo
TennesseeNoNo
TexasNoNo (may vary by region)
UtahNoNo
Some pharmacies may ask for a prescription, and some will Not sell syringes after 10:00 p.m., even if you have a prescription.
VermontNoNo
VirginiaNo
Report of Yes in Northern Virginia
No
Washington (state)NoNo
West VirginiaNoNo
WisconsinNoNo
WyomingNoNo
AustraliaYesNo
Prescription Not needed for syringes with a National Diabetic Supplies Card.
AustriaYesNo
BelgiumYesYes
BulgariaNoNo
CanadaNoNo (may vary by province)
Costa RicaNoNo
FranceNo [U100]No
GermanyYesNo
IrelandYesYes
ItalyNo [U40, U100 pens available]No
MexicoNoNo
PhilippinesNoNo
Puerto RicoNoNo
New ZealandNo [U100]
Novo & Lilly available, Novo more widely used. One respondent indicates prescription needed for insulin, but not for syringes.
No (may require proof of diabetes)
SloveniaYesNo
SwitzerlandNo [U100]No
TurkeyNoNo
UKYes [U100]No
May require proof of diabetes

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