Daytona saidChucky said "Here in the U.S., it requires a prescription and is $108.25 at Wally World."
Insulin is OTC. Syringes are prescription.
Now back to the original question...
In the U.S., slower insulin, Humilin-R (regular) is OTC. It takes 30 minutes until action; peaks in 90 minutes. In Canada, the newer, better, faster, insulin, Humalog, and Novalog, among a couple, is over the counter. In the U.S., however, Humalog is being milked, and DOES VERY MUCH, IN FACT, require a prescription. Humalog works in 10 minutes; peaks in 30 minutes. For a type 1 diabetic, that's the difference between a good day, with managed blood sugar, versus a roller coaster. Humalog is a neccessity for a type 1 diabetic who wants good control over his disease. Humilin-R / Novilin R is the older, harder to manage insulin. Feel free to call a drugstore near you to confirm that I'm correct.
I hope you are now more fully informed.
You should have done your research prior to running off at the mouth.
I live with a diabetic all day, every day.
You're also wrong about syringes being prescription. In most states, that's not true. It's usually at the discretion of the pharmacist. Of course, there's NO VALUE in anyone having dirty needles...NONE.
I hope you'll be better informed moving forward. Do your homework, FIRST. You do a huge disservice to others when your spread misinformation.
One thing I might add: Humalog, because it's faster, is much easier to manage, making it safer. If you take too much, it's easier to gobble down a piece of candy, or two. Humilin, though, is much more of a roller coaster, making it harder on anyone using it. Technology evolves. Keep folks from having clean syringes, or keeping them from having the better insulin, is typical exploitation of folks in this country. It only makes the problem worse.
Finally, at 49 years old, and, as of my full cardiac workup in October, I'm considered at zero risk of a heart attack, and zero risk of a stroke. My cholesterol runs 130 to 160. My PSA is a .6. I routinely bring my heart rate to 190. My maximal rate for my age is 171. Can you say the same?
Maybe you boys should clean up your own back yards before casting stones at a kid who battles every day with a chronic disease he did nothing to get?
I have a name for you: assholes.