Diabetes Laws

State Laws - Do I need a prescription for Syringes and insulin?


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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.

States that require a prescription for insulin and/or syringes

State

Insulin
See Note #1

Syringes

Notes

Alabama No No
Alaska Yes Yes Some pharmacies may sell either without an RX
Arizona No No Even though permitted, some pharmacies require an RX for both.
Arkansas No No
California No No Even though permitted, some pharmacies require an RX for both.
Colorado No No Even though permitted, some pharmacies require an RX for both.
Connecticut No Yes Residents mat get a 10-day supply of syringes without an RX.
Delaware No Yes
District of Columbia No No No for syringes if you have a diabetes mellitus ID if syringes are purchased with insulin.
Florida No Yes/No Some counties may require an RX for syringes; most do not.
Georgia No No
Hawaii No Unknown
Idaho No No Photo identification may be required for syringes.
Illinois No No You do need a prescription to purchase more than 20 syringes at one time.
Indiana No No You must sign a register for the purchase of syringes.
Iowa No No
Kansas No Yes/No Most pharmacies will sell syringes if they are being purchased with insulin.
Kentucky No No
Louisiana No No
Maine No Yes
Maryland No No You must sign a register for the purchase of syringes.
Massachusetts No Yes
Michigan No No
Minnesota No No Some pharmacies may require a prescription for insulin that has unlimited refills (life time Rx).
Mississippi No No
Missouri No No
Montana No No
Nebraska No No
Nevada No No
New Hampshire No No
New Jersey No Yes The requirement for an Rx for syringes may be waived with photo identification.
New Mexico No No
New York No No Pharmacies can dispense up to 10 syringes at their discretion without a prescription but you must be 18 years or older.
North Carolina No No
North Dakota No No
Ohio No No
Oklahoma No No/Yes Some local areas may require an Rx for syringes.
Oregon No No
Pennsylvania No Yes
Rhode Island No No
South Carolina No No
South Dakota No No
Tennessee No No
Texas No No/Yes Some regions may require an Rx for syringes.
Utah No No/Yes Some pharmacies will require an Rx for syringes and some pharmacies may refuse to sell syringes after 10 p.m. even if you have a prescription on file.
Vermont No No
Virginia No/Yes No
Washington (state) No No
West Virginia No No
Wisconsin No No
Wyoming No No