Prescription required for Insulin?
Insulin analogs require
a prescription in the US
Syringes? United States Alabama No No Alaska Yes Yes There are some reports that indicate prescriptions are not needed for either insulin or syringes. Arizona No No (some pharmacies may require) Arkansas No No California No No (some pharmacies may require) Colorado No No (some pharmacies may require) Connecticut No Yes
Can get 10 days worth without a prescription
Delaware No Yes District of Columbia No No (with DM ID or insulin purchase) Florida No Depends on the county, mostly No, but: Yes Broward County Georgia No No Hawaii No No Data Idaho No No
May ask for ID
Illinois No No Indiana No No (must sign a logbook) Iowa No No Kansas No No (most pharmacies, if purchased with insulin) Kentucky No No Louisiana No No Maine No Yes Maryland No No (must sign a logbook) Massachusetts No No Michigan No No Minnesota No
Some pharmacies may require a one-time only prescription for insulin which has unlimited refills.
No Mississippi No No Missouri No No Montana No No Nebraska No No Nevada No No New Hampshire No No New Jersey No Yes (might be waived with ID) New Mexico No No New York No No
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 Carolina No No North Dakota No No Ohio No No Oklahoma No No
Some local municpalities require a prescription
Oregon No No Pennsylvania No No Rhode Island No No South Carolina No No South Dakota No No Tennessee No No Texas No No (may vary by region) Utah No No
Some pharmacies may ask for a prescription, and some will Not sell syringes after 10:00 p.m., even if you have a prescription.
Vermont No No Virginia No
Report of Yes in Northern Virginia
No Washington (state) No No West Virginia No No Wisconsin No No Wyoming No No Australia Yes No
Prescription Not needed for syringes with a National Diabetic Supplies Card.
Austria Yes No Belgium Yes Yes Bulgaria No No Canada No No (may vary by province) Costa Rica No No France No [U100] No Germany Yes No Ireland Yes Yes Italy No [U40, U100 pens available] No Mexico No No Philippines No No Puerto Rico No No New Zealand No [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) Slovenia Yes No Switzerland No [U100] No Turkey No No UK Yes [U100] No
May require proof of diabetes
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