Yes, you can purchase as many blood glucose test strips as you want over the counter at your local pharmacy or online. You may find that local pharmacies keep their test strips behind the counter. That’s is not because a prescription is required for test strips but rather to keep the test strips from people stealing them because they are so expensive.

Do I Need A Prescription to Buy Glucose Test Strip?

We often get this question about all diabetic supplies not just the test strips, and the answer is always the same: No, you’re not required to have a prescription to buy glucose test strips. If for whatever reason you need buy diabetic tests strips you can do so by ordering them online or purchasing them at your local pharmacy. Just keep in mind that they are so expensive at your local pharmacy.

Does Insurance Require Prescription to Cover My Test Strips?

The answer to this question depends on your insurance. Generally, there are three possible scenarios:

  • Your insurance requires a prescription to cover your test strips. In that case you will need to have your doctor write you a prescription to get coverage for your test strips. Otherwise, you can buy them without prescription but you would have to pay out of your pocket. You may have to launch a letter-writing campaign to your insurance to see if they will reimburse you for the over the counter purchase of test strips.
  • There are other insurances that don’t require prescriptions. All they will need from you is the invoice. Simply Submit your invoice to them for reimbursement. These are commonly referred to as Good insurance.
  • Lastly, if you’re on Medicare or Medicaid, you will need to have a prescription to get covered. You can check online to see if there are any government programs that will reimburse you for diabetes test strips. Medicare or Medicaid will not reimburse you for your over the counter purchase of test strips or any other diabetes supplies.

As you plan to purchase your test strips, glucose meter, lancets, lancing device, control solution, and other diabetic supplies over the counter, be sure to shop for deals. For some tips check out what Penny has to help you hunt glucose test strip deals.

Diabetes Test Strips Available At Diabetic Outlet Store

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