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Since most diabetics must travel for work and pleasure, I am pleased to include this abbreviated outline of the world's prescription requirements for insulin and for syringes. It has not been updated since 1996 and I would appreciate your help in updating it. Many US MDs don't even know that neither insulin nor syringes require prescriptions in most of the world, but then most MDs can't even distinguish Type 1 from Type 2 diabetes.

Sadly our data is ancient and Diabusiness is changing laws faster than we can follow. Please advise me on any of the states and countries listed and on the non-listed countries! dggroves@earthlink.net 

Highlighted entries are so blinded by the "war on drugs" that they are happily killing diabetics.



***** Prescription Requirements List *****


Short Editorial: Many think that insulin is a prescription drug here in the US. It is not; it never has been. Beef, Pork, Beef-Pork, and the synthetic "human" insulins have never required a prescription. The unnatural synthetics, Lantus, Humalog, and Novolog, however, do require prescriptions. Perhaps because they cause cancer or death?

 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. [Check the law before you go! ed]

Last updated: 27June 96, unless otherwise noted: Added information for Iowa, Mississippi, South Dakota, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Philippines. Also changed the beginning and end sections slightly.

The original author has requested not to be identified, so please send your additions or corrections to David Groves dggroves@earthlink.net. Thank you.

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.


United States:

NOTE: Humalog, Novolog, and Lantus all require Rx in all states in the US.

Prescription required for:

 Insulin

 Syringes

Comments

Alabama

NO

NO

.

Alaska

YES*

YES*

Uncertain.

Arizona

NO

NO

(some pharmacies may require)

Arkansas

NO

NO

.

California

NO

NO

(some pharmacies may require [CA specifically exempts "known diabetics" from the RX requirement])

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

YES Broward County

Depends on the county, mostly NO for both, except for syringes.

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

8/02/02 Discussion with pharmacy reveals KY is ok and does NOT require Rx for Insulin or Syringes, though they do require them for Lantus, Novolog, and Humalog. 7/30/02 we are advised that Kentucky law may now require Rx for insulin and syringes. May vary by region.

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

.

*US Notes:

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.

Pharmacists are NOT usually lawyers.

Other Countries:

Prescription required for:

 Insulin

 Syringes

Comments

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

.

Netherlands

YES

 YES

 

New Zealand

NO [U100#]

NO

(may require proof of diabetes)

Phillipines

NO

NO

.

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.