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.
“It’s not like we go in our trench coat and a top hat, saying, ‘Uh I need the insulin,’ ” says Smith, who lives in Cleveland. “The clerks usually don’t know it’s a big secret. They’ll just go, ‘Do we sell over-the-counter insulin?’ ”
Listen to the story on NPR here.
Or at Kaiser Health News here.
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