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Guidelines For Buying And Using Diabetes Supplies

Diabetes is a lifelong condition. Because it is, you can have major health problems if you don't keep blood glucose under control. That's why fully understanding how to buy and properly use diabetes testing supplies as well as diabetes medications is so important. Learning to regularly test your blood glucose level with a glucose monitor and to take diabetes medications when you are supposed to will make living with the condition much easier. With a little practice, you can self-manage diabetes just as you manage other aspects of your life. When you do, your quality of life and ability to be active and do the things you want to do will greatly improve. Home blood sugar (glucose) testing is an essential part of controlling your blood sugar and self-managing diabetes. Your diabetes educator can guide you in terms of how often to check your blood glucose and how to do it properly. Make sure the diabetes educator watches you use the glucose meter several times. That way, you can be sure you're doing it correctly. At a minimum, you'll be checking your blood sugar every morning before you eat. It's also advisable to check it before lunch and dinner and at bedtime. Your doctor may also as Continue reading >>

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  1. John1960

    Do I need a prescription to get insulin or syringes?
    In all states new, insulin analogs DO require a prescription. These include Humalog, Novolog, or Apidra, as well as Lantus.
    Note 1 for chart below: Older insulins such as regular (R) do not need a prescription except in Alaska. The chart below only specifies if older insulins require a prescription.
    IOH - State Prescription Laws for Syringes and Insulin

  2. Magnum Mike

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by John1960
    Do I need a prescription to get insulin or syringes?
    In all states new, insulin analogs DO require a prescription. These include Humalog, Novolog, or Apidra, as well as Lantus.
    Note 1 for chart below: Older insulins such as regular (R) do not need a prescription except in Alaska. The chart below only specifies if older insulins require a prescription.
    IOH - State Prescription Laws for Syringes and Insulin
    John, it's been that way for a long time. If I remember correctly, I didn't need prescriptions to get insulin vials, or syringes, at least here in Arizona, up until sometime in the mid 1990s.
    This is one of those "a few bad apples ruin it for the rest of us" situations. They started requiring prescriptions for syringes because too many people, who did not have diabetes, were getting them to use for illegal drugs.

  3. SouthernBelleInUtah

    I have found that Wal-Mart sells the cheapest insulin w/o a prescription. They have their own brand, Relion, of Novalin that they sell for $24.+ per vial. With a prescription, the brand Novalin sells for $45 per vial. So, I always go to Wal-Mart.
    I was on all the new stuff at $85/vial until I hit the Medicare donut hole. I spend $250/mo as it is on insulin. I can't afford $800-900/mo on just insulin, so my doctor called around for me to find the cheapest.

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