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As a full time RVer, medical insurance and prescription management can be challenging. Recently I ran out of my migraine medicine so took a trip to Mexico to buy my meds over the counter. This video shows how to buy prescription drugs in Mexico and answers questions about what can and can NOT be bought. Watch and join me as I visit Mexico with my friend Bob to stock up on prescription medicine.

Do I Need A Prescription For Insulin?

If you are a diabetic you may have heard conflicting information on whether or not you require a prescription to pick up insulin from a pharmacy. When isn’t a prescription required? In Alberta, insulin can be sold to a patient without a prescription. Insulin is in the Schedule 2 drug class. Schedule 2 medications can only be sold in a pharmacy, and they must be kept behind the pharmacy counter. In order to sell a schedule 2 medication, the pharmacist must set up a complete patient profile and ensure the medication is appropriate for the patient. While insulin is considered schedule 2, it is in this schedule in case of emergency. This means that if you are traveling and run out of insulin, or can’t get in to see your doctor, the pharmacist can maintain your current insulin therapy without sending you to a walk in clinic or emergency. The pharmacist must document the sale of the insulin on your profile, along with any information that helped the pharmacist determine the insulin was appropriate. When is a prescription required? The majority of the time (except in the case of an emergency) a pharmacist will not sell insulin without a prescription. The reasons for this are as follow Continue reading >>

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  1. Cin

    OK - plenty of people on here and other forums have said it is possible to buy Insulin over the counter, especially at Walmart.
    Relatives and I have checked a 3 state area and are told "No, a prescription is required to buy any insulin." The pharmacists also have no idea which states or what Walmarts sell insulin over the counter.
    So, I googled what states sell insulin over the counter, and found a current list that says NONE do.
    So, I need help. Anyone who has bought insulin OTC - what states did you buy it in?

  2. Arkiepharmer

    Not all insulin are treated equally under the law. Here in arkansas, we sell "N" and "R" insulins over the counter, whether it's humulin novolin or store brand. The Newer types are prescription only across the nation. Some chains have rules that they are only allowed to sell things by prescription. What state are you in and what type of insulin are you looking for?

  3. Cin

    My sister lives 10 miles from the Arkansas border and shops in Arkansas. She went to her Walmart there and they said they do not sell it over the counter. She also checked in Oklahoma, where she lives, no dice. Other people have checked other Oklahoma Walmarts for her, no insulin is sold over the counter in Oklahoma.
    OPSEC, I live in the Midwest. I checked my state, 2 different Walmarts in two different counties...they do not sell it over the counter.
    I'm just wanting to know which states sell insulin, whatever the brand/type, over the counter. I will be traveling this summer, and am hoping to pick some up.

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Buying Insulin Without A Prescription: What To Know

What would you do if you found yourself in desperate need of life-saving insulin but you were uninsured or didn’t have a prescription? It’s a scary thought and a worst-case scenario—but it could happen. If you do find yourself in this situation you should know that all hope is not lost; you can purchase certain types of insulin over the counter and without a prescription, but there are many factors you should consider carefully before doing so. Things to know Before you head out the door there are a few things you should know upfront: -There are currently only two types of human insulin available over the counter and they are older versions of the medicine, which means they take longer to metabolize than the newer, prescription versions you likely are accustomed to using. -You should NOT self-administer insulin unless you have consulted with a doctor. Incorrectly administering insulin could be fatal. -No long-acting over-the-counter insulin is available at this time. So you have to find another solution if you require basal insulin. -There may be a safer or cheaper options, such as a local clinic or pharmaceutical assistance program. The versions of insulin that are available Continue reading >>

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  1. getswole

    Insulin Script required/Syringe Script required
    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 Yes
    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 Yes
    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

  2. getswole

    Just to update,many of the states only allow for OTC HumulinR Insulin,the Humalog will still requires a script.upside,even with humulin you can pick up some slin pins at your local pharm,where as if you just ask for slin pins alot of them won't sell them to you,but if you grab a few vials of humulinr they will,just a headsup,also be careful with humulinr as it has a longer active halflife than humalog,which clears the system faster,use humulin with a complete understanding before hand.Do your research.

  3. getswole

    Originally Posted by Gixxer82
    Massachusetts is supposed to sell syringes OTC, but nobody will. If you really want to find em' local Gixxer,hit your local farm supply,they're everywhere(co-op),they sell em' for animal use....Sterile=Sterile,I've used "vet grade" stuff plenty,but a while back I bought out a Med Supply Liquidation lot...I could fill a box the size of a refridgerator with pinz/plungerz
    Anybody need a couple cathedar sets?Or some epideral/spinal tap pinz?Iv set?

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You Can Buy Otc Insulin, But Should You?

Few patients with diabetes are aware that some forms of insulin can be purchased without a prescription. Many doctors are also not aware of this. The two types of OTC human insulin are made by Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk. They are older versions and take longer to metabolize than prescription versions. Few patients with diabetes are aware that some forms of insulin can be purchased without a prescription. Many doctors are also not aware of this. The two types of OTC human insulin are made by Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk. They are older versions and take longer to metabolize than prescription versions. FDA says the availability lets patients gain access to the drug "quickly in urgent situations, without delays." IMS Health reports that about 15% of people with diabetes who buy insulin make OTC purchases. The availability of OTC insulin presents a difficult issue, however. It could save the lives of patients who lack insurance or regular access to a doctor, or who otherwise do not have insulin when they need it. But use of insulin can carry major risks if patients do not get the dose or timing right. Taking the wrong dose consistently can lead to high blood pressure, kidney disease, ner Continue reading >>

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  1. AgnAustic

    I'm going to Canada next week. Will I be able to buy insulin / glucose monitors / test strips / lancets for cheaper than the US up there? Will I need any prescriptions to do so?

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    You can buy any diabetic supplies including Insulin over the counter without a prescription. I do it all the time when I travel in the country or when my doc is slow on refilling the script. You need a prescription only if you want it covered by insurance.
    Insulin will be much cheaper than the US (Novorapid (same as NovoLog) is about $25/vial). Meters are often free when you buy 100 strips. I believe the price of strips is about the same as in the US (~$1/strip) except that the Canadian dollar is very weak right now so you'll win on exchange.
    The only real difference should be that the packaging is 1/2 french and meters will be in mmol/l instead of mg/dl but you can probably change that.
    Just please don't buy my drugstore out of supplies or I'll be pissed.
    Also, be prepared to lie to border security when you cross back into the US -- I don't think they like it when you come here to stock up.

  3. AgnAustic

    I'll try not to clean out your pharmacy ;)
    Since I'll be flying, I'll say something along the lines of "I ran out while I was in Canada, and this was the smallest order I could get". Or something like that.

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