You Can Buy Insulin Without A Prescription, But Should You?

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/12/14/459047328/you-can-buy-insulin-without-a-prescription-but-should-you

As anyone with diabetes can tell you, managing the disease with insulin usually means regular checkups at the doctor’s office to fine-tune the dosage, monitor blood-sugar levels and check for complications.

But here’s a little known fact: Some forms of insulin can be bought without a prescription.

Carmen Smith did that for six years when she didn’t have health insurance and didn’t have a primary care doctor. She bought her insulin without a prescription at Wal-Mart…

Burke says he took his concerns to the American Medical Association. But the national doctor’s association told him there are no data showing that the drug’s over-the counter availability is a public health hazard. In fact, the AMA’s board noted, getting insulin without a doctor’s prescription may be an important way for some insulin-dependent patients to get access to the medicine they need

We could say the same about allergy medicine, along with medical cannabis. The added expense of getting a doctor’s approval for access to treat chronic medical conditions is over-burdensome and keeps millions of patients from getting the medications they need.

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