The need for a prescription to purchase syringes varies by state, but it is not required in many states, especially when it is for insulin use or being purchased by someone who is 18 years of age or older. Syringe purchase is regulated by state law, and consequently changes frequently.
In Minnesota, New York and New Jersey, 10 or fewer insulin syringes can be purchased without a prescription. In California, this number increases to 30 or fewer syringes. Age restrictions are imposed in states like Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. In some states where a prescription is not required, pharmacists may require other information, such as the intended use of the syringe.