Can insulin be purchased OTC?

  1. Can insulin be purchased OTC?


    I have been reading a lot of information on insulin lately. I do not plan on taking it anytime soon, but i began to do research and read that it can be purchased OTC pretty much everywhere (Humulin R).

    I searched online, i live in the US, i dont see any places that sell it without a perscription. Why is this, im confused?


  2. Y'know I read that in the US it is available OTC however I think that is for those who can prove they are Diabetic...

  3. You can get insulin OTC, except for humalog. Humalog needs a script.
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  4. So I can walk into the local Walgreens and score some slin? Can someone else confirm this?

  5. Yes you can. I have many times, no questions asked.

  6. Wow, thanks. Syringes too?

  7. OK, while trying to work up the balls to get some slin in person I looked online at CVS pharmacy. It says it's (Humulin R) a perscription item! I'm in Illinois, anyone know if the law is different here?

  8. But then children with DIABETES - Prescription Laws says no script for slin or syringes in IL. Guess I'll just give it a go...

  9. Certain states it is illegal without a script for both needles and insulin.

  10. Depends on the state you don't need proof, or you can do like I do and bang the cute latina pharmacist for all you need.. I'm still using pins from 4yrs ago..

  11. Not all of us are Feather boa pimps though pete

  12. Wouldn't hurt..

  13. I work at a retail pharmacy and you cannot by insulin or syringes without use of previous use.

  14. Quote Originally Posted by Loadre View Post
    I work at a retail pharmacy and you cannot by insulin or syringes without use of previous use.
    What state?

    I had no clue that it is possible to buy without a script.

  15. It's state dependent, some you need to jump thru hoops, others will hand you some Humulin-r no questions asked..

  16. TN.

    And that was supposed to say 'proof of previous use.'

  17. Quote Originally Posted by Loadre View Post
    TN.

    And that was supposed to say 'proof of previous use.'
    Needle tracks?

  18. Quote Originally Posted by texxlnghorn View Post
    yes
    L MAO
  19. Talking


    Quote Originally Posted by bigpetefox View Post
    Depends on the state you don't need proof, or you can do like I do and bang the cute latina pharmacist for all you need..
    Okay I just tried this last night...I banged her...I turned her nobs but that wasn't insulin that came out of her spout...hmmm

    Are you sure it is the cute one I'm suppose to bang? I'm willing to lower my standards if it means me gets some slin.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by Nitrox View Post
    Needle tracks?
    Huh? I meant insulin use not gear use.
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    The following information is now about 10 years old so it is only a rough guide.

    Prescription Requirements List

    ****************************** ****************************** ***********
    Disclaimer: This list has been compiled for the use of anyone who wishes
    to use it, for whatever purposes. I make no claims as to the accuracy of
    any information contained herein.

    Last updated: 27June96: Added information for Iowa, Mississippi, South
    Dakota, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Costa Rica,
    Philippines. Also changed the beginning and end sections
    slightly.

    Additions or corrections to: mg@wpi.edu (Martha Gunnarson)

    Still missing information from: Hawaii (syringes) and most of the rest
    of the world.

    Note that many (U.S.) insurance plans require prescriptions for these
    supplies to be covered. This does not necessarily mean a prescription is
    legally required.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Note that many (U.S.) insurance plans require prescriptions for these
    supplies to be covered. This does not necessarily mean a prescription is
    legally required.

    Prescription required for Insulin? Syringes?

    United States:

    Alabama NO NO
    Alaska YES* YES*
    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 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 ???
    Idaho NO NO (may ask for ID)
    Illinois NO YES
    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 (some pharmacies: must sign a
    logbook)
    Massachusetts NO YES
    Michigan NO NO
    Minnesota NO* NO
    Mississippi NO NO
    Missouri NO NO
    Montana NO NO
    Nebraska NO NO
    Nevada NO NO
    New Hampshire NO YES
    New Jersey NO YES (might be waived with ID)
    New Mexico NO NO
    New York NO YES
    North Carolina NO NO
    North Dakota NO NO
    Ohio NO NO
    Oklahoma NO NO
    Oregon NO NO
    Pennsylvania NO YES
    Rhode Island NO YES
    South Carolina NO NO
    South Dakota NO NO
    Tennessee NO NO
    Texas NO NO (doctor's permission required
    -- may vary by region)
    Utah NO NO*
    Vermont NO NO
    Virginia NO NO
    Washington (state) NO NO
    West Virginia NO NO
    Wisconsin NO NO
    Wyoming NO NO

    *Alaska: One respondent reported that prescriptions are NOT required for
    either insulin or syringes.
    Minnesota: Some pharmacies may require a one-time only prescription for
    insulin which has unlimited refills.
    Utah: Some pharmacies may ask for a prescription, and some will not sell
    syringes after 10:00 p.m., even if you have a prescription.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Australia YES NO**
    Austria YES NO
    Belgium YES YES
    Bulgaria NO NO
    Canada NO NO (may vary by province)
    Costa Rica NO NO
    France NO [U100] YES
    Germany YES NO
    Ireland YES YES
    Italy NO [U40*] NO
    Mexico NO NO
    Phillipines NO NO
    New Zealand NO [U100#] NO (may require proof of diabetes)
    Switzerland NO [U100] NO
    UK YES [U100] NO## (may require proof of diabetes)

    * U100 pens available in Italy
    Caution: Some pharmacies may need to special order Humulin (including U.S.
    pharmacies.)
    ** Australia: Prescription not needed for syringes with a National
    Diabetic Supplies Card.
    # New Zealand: Novo & Lilly available, Novo more widely used. One
    respondent indicates prescription needed for insulin, but not for syringes.
    ## UK: One respondent indicates prescription required for syringes.

    Note that names for short, intermediate, and long acting insulin vary from
    country to country.

  22. I am guessin they ahve to have some sort of official card or something to get the slin. Think about it, if someone goes hypo or whatever may be the case they ahve to go get an Rx while they are weakening? I know you can get pins just about anywhere these days for that reason. i have a feeling the laws may have been adjusted. Im in illinois also, ill give it a shot and go to a Jewel, Dominicks, Walgreens and a CVS just to see what happens. And yes Humulin R is what you'd use for BB use. Also, it is very very touchy situation. So if you ever do be very careful.

  23. Yes after working in the pharmacy field I am very wary of messing with my blood sugar. I am all about gettin gains in every way I can but dealing with diabetics on a daily basis really has me scared to mess with it.

  24. i prefer humalog for bb purposes. it is otc in canada and you can buy it on line from canadian pharmacies no problem.
  

  
 

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