Where do you get your supplies?

type1's mom
By type1's mom Latest Reply 2017-07-25 10:18:08 -0500
Started 2012-09-25 11:56:34 -0500

I was wondering how many of you obtain your supplies through local pharmacies versus mail order. Please let me know any advantages or disadvantages of the route you prefer!

33 replies

brandon86 2017-07-25 10:18:08 -0500 Report

Pharmacies and local drugstores are the WORST place to buy your supplies like testing strips or meters, specially if you don't have insurance. Online is the best and cheapest option but you need to make sure you shop with a reliable or trusted company. I have been using 1 company for the past 14 months and am so grateful for them. I can't tell you how much money I have saved by using them. Here is their website.. https://www.diabeticwarehouse.org

manapua72 2012-12-01 20:47:25 -0600 Report

I get my meds including my insulin from the Costco pharmacy as that is what my job requires … I've recently started on the pump . It came with enough infusion set changes etc … , to last awhile . Once they start to run low I'll be ordering over the phone with Medtronic …

Linda crutch
Linda crutch 2012-10-23 22:40:51 -0500 Report

I use mail order. I had to change to Diabetic Experts of America ( a division of Lincare ) thru Medicare & signed an income form to not pay the leftover 20%. I use freestyle lite meter and they provided the supplies for that meter. I used United States Medical out of Miami, Fl , and liked them because they also supplied my Cpap supplies. But Medicare would no longer let me order from them.

draco59 2012-10-13 21:21:00 -0500 Report

Before, I started seeing an Endocrinologist, I used Liberty thru my insurance. But My Endo office doesn't play nice with Liberty, so I go thru Walgreen's mail order. Using Liberty my supplies were free, but Walgreen's I do have to pay, but a lot less than if I had no insurance…plus they are a 3 month supply.

troublemaker27 2012-10-13 21:17:03 -0500 Report

hiya folks well i haven't been on here because i was at the hospital
i wasn't feeling well
but i'm allright now
well i get my medicine at anderson's brothers pharmacy.
i also have cream for my dry feet.
see you all and have a great rest of the weekend

Sunflower71 2012-10-11 11:27:57 -0500 Report

I use local CVS Pharmacy for meds and Walmart for my supplys due to lower prices.

artqween 2014-05-23 03:13:19 -0500 Report

Google it for the best deals?? Call your local stores?? Be cautious on online blood strips they may not be legit.
Good luck…

mystikfairy61 2012-09-27 00:34:35 -0500 Report

We get out prescriptions thru a local pharmacy and our strips thru a program at our doctors office since we don't have insurance and can get 50 strips for $10. Have never tried mail order.

Type1Lou 2012-09-26 17:57:06 -0500 Report

I get my insulin and test strips through my Medco mail order…3 month supply at a time. My pump infusion sets and reservoirs come directly through Medtronics and my Blue Cross health insurance handles that since it would cost me more to get it through Medco. I fill my generic RX's (Levoxyl, simvastatin, lisinopril) through a local pharmacy since I can get a 3 month supply for $10 vs. a minimum of $25 through Medco.

skjkaye 2012-11-10 08:47:05 -0600 Report

You and I are on the same meds and have pumps.

Type1Lou 2012-11-10 17:41:02 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info on how you get your supplies. I'll have to re-think my sources in 2014 when I become eligible for Medicare. I've been pumping a little over a year now and am kicking myself for not having gone on one sooner.

skjkaye 2012-11-11 05:46:22 -0600 Report

I think the pump is the best thing in the world. I don't know why all diabetes aren't on one.

Type1Lou 2012-11-12 11:40:59 -0600 Report

I resisted going on the pump for years because I did not like the idea of being connected to one 24/7. It's really no big deal, as I found out, and I'm loving the better control it gives me. But, I think it does demand a commitment to properly count carbs so you can bolus accordingly. I also find that I'm testing my BG more often than when I was on MDI.

jayabee52 2012-11-11 10:33:37 -0600 Report

quite frankly some of us do not need a pump. Some can manage DM well with oral meds, some of us can manage DM with simply meal planning ("diet")and exercise.

skjkaye 2012-11-12 12:08:44 -0600 Report

I'm sorry I meant those who depend on insulin. Not every diabetic needs insulin. I was so happy in the beginning that I could control it with oral meds and exercise. But for me it didn't last long.

Type1Lou 2012-11-12 11:42:33 -0600 Report

So true James. I wish I still had a "working" pancreas so I would have that option…alas, I don't produce any insulin at all! Kudos to you for the excellent results you've achieved and serving as an inspiration to others.

jayabee52 2012-12-01 23:01:01 -0600 Report

Thank you Lou!

I think we all wish for things to be different for each of us, but we each play the cards which are dealt to us.

Fortunately for me, the only thing holding me back from controlling my DM without meds is ME and my ignorance at first. It was the path my Dr set me upon and it took a while to discover that I could do it without if I ate very carefully

I credit DC and the time I spent here with giving me enough information to even attempt to control it without meds. Oh there are times it gets tedious and I wish to go back on MDI of insulin, but not really.

skjkaye 2012-11-10 08:48:23 -0600 Report

I get my insulin through Medco, my strips from Walgreens, and my pump supplies from Liberty.

DeanaG 2012-09-26 12:05:50 -0500 Report

I use Walgreens, it is 1.25 miles from my house so it makes for a nice bike ride or walk. ;-)

JSJB 2012-09-26 03:38:02 -0500 Report

I use Medco for 3 month suppy of my meds but a pharmacy for my test strips my wife also uses Medco for her 3 month supply. We are both on medicare and there is no charge. They inform us when it is time to refill so I go on line to submit the order.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2012-09-25 22:44:51 -0500 Report

I have tried both. I am currently using a local pharmacy for my insulin and test strips because I haven't gone through the trouble of finding a good mail order company that is covered by my insurance. But I have used a mail order company for all of my supplies in the past and it worked great. You just have to remember to order ahead of time so that you don't run too low on supplies if there is a delay in the mailing process.

long island girl
long island girl 2012-09-27 13:33:11 -0500 Report

i get everything delivered to my door every few weeks my insurance covers it i first got a free meter and then supplies just kept coming

MAYS 2012-09-25 13:19:31 -0500 Report

Locally from either Target, or Walmart, online from American Diabetes Wholesale.



Type1Lou 2012-09-26 18:01:23 -0500 Report

I used to get my generics through Walmart but finally got fed up with them. There was always a good wait in line to get them and many times, they would not fill it for 90 days but only for 30 days (even though the RX was for 90) and count that 30 day refill as 1 refill…anyhow,…after repeated SNAFU's I signed up with the local Sweetbay Supermarket pharmacy plan and they are WONDERFUL and most accommodating without any hassles at all.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-25 12:45:45 -0500 Report

I get mine from Walmart cheaper than a pharmacy. I don't use mail order because I don't have a mail box, I have a mail slot. If I order something that is going to be shipped, I have to be home to receive it. I also would not trust shipment of my supplies because the shipment could get lost or delayed. I prefer to make the trip to Walmart.

type1's mom
type1's mom 2012-09-25 11:59:42 -0500 Report

We've been using our local pharmacy due to so many changes in insulin. Now we are getting reading to use pump so will only be getting test strips and insulin there. I'm considering mail order for the convenience.

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