Where does Everyone get their Supplies?

NamVet - 21894
By NamVet - 21894 Latest Reply 2017-09-28 10:24:23 -0500
Started 2008-10-02 06:53:25 -0500

Do you get them same place, look for bargains, freebies?
Does anyone have a cheap outlet?

58 replies

InsulinCaseShop 2015-07-07 08:27:24 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Type 2 about a year ago, and found out that I had probably been diabetic or prediabetic for nearly 10 years. The news was not well received. Please check out Group Medical Supply, LLC. They have a wide variety of products, and they always seem to be adding new items. They are family run and owned, provide great customer service and have a large variety of accessories. https://www.groupmedicalsupply.com

Hollywood 2
Hollywood 2 2012-08-13 23:45:57 -0500 Report

I get my supplies from the Diabetic Shoppe out of charleston ms. This us a great place. They are real people to talk to and except MDC and Mdcd, and most private Insurance.I love this co.

Hollywood 2
Hollywood 2 2012-08-13 23:47:44 -0500 Report

They also have a free calling number
1-888-571-3533 option 1
Tell them Alvin said for you to call them.
You can thank me later…

MAYS 2010-08-24 19:34:03 -0500 Report

I shop around, in stores and online, I'm always looking to save money.
I look at local pharmacies, clip coupons, look for samples and freebies.
I also check with the individual pharmaceutical companies, everything helps.

Here is the link to one of my favorite diabetes suppliers online:



ScottyM 2010-04-11 17:10:55 -0500 Report

I'm trying to find the red container to dispose of used syringes. I need a large one and don't even know where to look

CJ55 2012-08-14 00:20:56 -0500 Report

Scottie, i purchase my sharps container at Walgreens . It is under 3.00. Also I have seen them at target. Hope this helps you. Hugs CJ

white dove 59
white dove 59 2012-08-14 04:11:52 -0500 Report

also, depends on where you live, you might be able to get sharp containers from the er room at the hospital and return it there for them to get rid of when it is full.

Hinboyz3 2009-10-17 12:55:44 -0500 Report

I try to compare prices I started at Walgreen's, but I've seen cheaper prices at the local warehouse clubs like Sam's and costco. I also have to pay cash no insurance at the time.

Sarguillo 2009-10-05 13:09:02 -0500 Report

I have Kaiser here in California. I get my pills via their online pharmacy and my insulin at their pharmacy at the hospital. It tends to work out best for me that way. Especially since my pecriptions are now down to zero refills, they just get one of their staff doctors to sign off and I get it refilled. My syringes are on an open pecription and so is my Insulin, all others have set refills.

dawn kelly
dawn kelly 2009-09-24 17:03:17 -0500 Report

i dont know if your elligable but my dad gets his from va no copay because his diabetis is service related supposidly hes a vietnam vet if that helps

Harlen 2009-09-02 20:03:49 -0500 Report

I get some from the ins comp and the rest online
what they pay for is too good to get anywhere,What they dont pay for I get online out of Canada A lot cheeper from there
good luck and YES you did earn it from the VA

king of hill
king of hill 2009-06-01 13:13:31 -0500 Report

I get my supplies from a Mail order program Christian Healthcare. They deliver my testing supplies, insulin, and pump supplies. They are able to get it for me covered by my insurance from work. I dont have to pay for it. They dont charge me a copay. Love the program. I speak to a gentleman John who works there. Very nice guy. If anyone wants to give him a call his number is 888 777 0737 ext 2024

BobMWade 2009-05-24 21:54:04 -0500 Report

I recently started getting my insulin from a friend that works at a nursing home, that nursing homes policy is to throw away patients insulin as soon a new prescription is filled. Most of the time the insulin hasn't even been used.

I can't get insurance so this saves me over $1000 a month on the two types of insulin I need.

Might be a good idea to check around your town to see if there are other places with this policy.

cyncyn 2009-05-07 18:41:04 -0500 Report

We get testing supplies(test strips, lancets, and meter) from US Medical,for my mother-in-law. They cost her $0.00. She's on Medicare.

studywoman 2009-04-04 15:00:09 -0500 Report

I get my test strips off e-bay and have been doing this for two years. It's been the cheapest—even cheaper than any sites or companies that help people with little or no insurance. I recently filled out a survey about diabetes on the internet and received a call from a salesman promising he could save me a lot of money on testing strips.

When I told him about my cost on e-bay, he quite literally didn't know what to say other than he could not offer me a better deal. I use the one touch-ultra meter and have NEVER paid more than $45.00 for 100 strips on e-bay. In fact, I just recently purchased 100 strips for $35.00!

SteveMellen10 2009-05-07 18:30:05 -0500 Report

$20 for 100 strips - 1 touch ultra

I found a website that has some One Touch Ultra strips dated 05/2009, and they have reduced the price to move them. (I thought $40 was a good price last month!). Don't know how many they have, but you'll probably never see them this cheap again. These work with several one touch ultra meters, including the free one (One Touch Ultra Mini) they've been giving away for the past couple of months. Here's the url:


bigjrm45 2009-03-16 20:18:26 -0500 Report

I get most of mine at walmart butI now get some from US Medical supply they ship it to my RV,I just let them know where I am at and a few days latter it's at my door

dj7110 2009-02-25 22:48:43 -0600 Report

I got my last 2 meters, lancet, and current test strips, control solutions, meter batteries at doctor diabetic supply. … https://www.doctordiabetic.com/index.asp Today, I just dicovered on there site they also carry syringes. going to see about getting them here also as I pay copay at local pharmacy (rite aid), but everything is covered in full for me without co pay at doctor diabetic supply. they also replaced my meter free that went for a dive overboard when I was fishing out in the lake last summer.

beauty416 2009-02-09 11:12:55 -0600 Report

I get my diabetic supplies from a mail order company called AmMed Direct. I was getting my medication from them also but my insurance company decided not to pay for the mail order company. I hope that this does not affect my diabetic supplies.

roshy 2009-02-08 20:19:22 -0600 Report

in Ireland when you have type one you go on to the long term illness cert. That allows type ones to get their supplies for free in their local chemist.

If we need a new glucose kit or ketone kit we just go to the diabetes day centre and ask for a new one and get them there and then!! to buy insulin aint cheap! i use novorapid and lantus and to but its 180 euro for a box containing 5 pens!!

momwith juvie
momwith juvie 2009-01-22 20:25:11 -0600 Report

I get all my sons supplies threw mail order.makes it easier and i dont have to call to reorder.they also get the refills right from the doctor so i deal with no paper work.

BobMWade 2009-02-05 05:08:38 -0600 Report

I signed up for the Walgreens prescription plan, only available to people without insurance. So i get all my medications there.

For supplies though I shop on ebay. Usually i get about 200 strips/200 lancets for around $30. You just can't beat that price. I think doctors get machines for free from the companies that make them and give them free test strips as well, and a lot of times these wind up on ebay because I just don't see how so many people can have every imaginable type of test strip at a fraction of the retail price, unless these are from people that got them free or cheaper with insurance.

2009-02-08 20:14:08 -0600 Report

I get my insulin through my local pharmacy, and all pump supplies are on automatic reorder through Medtronic.

Thank goodness the insurance has is a great company!

With the lay-offs my husbands company has suffered recently, I am very afraid I may not be able to stay on the pump, and I was horrible with taking the 4 shots a day.

2008-11-30 13:16:04 -0600 Report

I get my supplies from United States Medical Supply, Inc. Toll free phone # 1-800-787-6331 I have not only gotten my diabetic supplies from them, but supplies for my COPD, and a moist heating pad for my arthritis. They handle talking with my doctor and dealing with my insurance. They do all the paper work. I haven't had to pay a penny for any of my supplies. Hope this info helps.

G Thomas
G Thomas 2008-10-26 12:58:20 -0500 Report

I get mine at Walgreens with the Walgreens Medicine card for $12.99 up to ninty pills. 120 pills costed me $17.99. And they have over 400 pills on the list. The card is $20.00 for you and a pet, $30.00 for the family for a year.


sexyswamprat 2008-10-22 17:44:11 -0500 Report

I get all my meds and supplies at wal-mart. Unless it's a brand name only, then I get it filled closer to my house at Publix or Sweetbay. With insurance it would be 20$ anywhere I went. I am so thankful that I now have insurance and my test strips are covered. 20$ for a box of 100. Sure does beat that 95$. When I was Dx with T2 I had no idea how expensive this was gonna be.

Avera 2008-10-22 16:53:50 -0500 Report

I get most of my supplies at K-Mart. They now have a deal here in my town. Three months supply for 5.00 on generic drugs and supplies of various name brands.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-08 12:34:04 -0500 Report

I get my diabetic supplies from Medifast Pharmacy. They deliver to my door. All my other medicines at get at my cousins pharmacy. He lives 2 doors down from me and bring it over on his way home. I'm so thankful they all seem to help me so much.

midget 2008-10-08 12:27:55 -0500 Report

i get my supplies from walmart and i get my supplies from minimed for the pump.

NamVet - 21894
NamVet - 21894 2008-10-08 00:38:58 -0500 Report

I do get all my Meds, supplies,Pumps, everything free from the VA.
I feel I paid dear for that tho. As they say I took one for the Gipper.
But in asking this question, I wanted to see how we make it with out Insurance or Medicare, or whatever to just make it??

vgarrison 2008-10-08 03:25:35 -0500 Report

At first before I had insurance, I paid out of pocket…The day I got out of the hospital we went to Walgreens and paid over 250.00 to get all my supplies…the lancets, test strips, my lantus cost 99.99 a vial, I was also put on potasium..that was 15.00. Thank goodness my husband is a perpetual procrastinator or we would have been SOL. He hadn't paid a couple of bills yet, so the money was there, and thank goodness for friends and family for helping to get those bills paid a few days later.

So basically here I was newly diagnosed and scared out of mind, thinking…oh my goodness if this disease doesn't kill me, the bill collectors are going to…


PAT L 2008-10-08 05:01:14 -0500 Report


sparkysmom 2008-10-06 04:50:39 -0500 Report

Kroger pharmacy. Even with my insurance on a good month it costs us about $250. I don't know what folks with no insurance do.

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-06 04:25:29 -0500 Report

Hi NamVet,
Are you a veteran? If so you can get your supplies free or just a small co-pay. My husband gets his supplies from Vets,and the test strips he gets from medicare,so do i.We don't have to pay anything for these. I guess we are older than you he is 68 and i am 62,i had to leave my job of 30 years and go out on disability.I hope this helps some. If I can be of help please let me know.

momoftype1 2008-10-03 16:40:57 -0500 Report

I get all scripts filled at Walgreens, and pump supplies through minimed.

teddybearcub1960 2008-10-06 02:43:48 -0500 Report

We get everything at Wal-Mart.

BobMWade 2010-05-28 04:47:01 -0500 Report

I recently started buying my insulin and Actos from TruMedCanada.com, you have to scan your prescription and email or fax it to them, but since I don't have insurance this is the only way I can afford it. Actos in the US is $450 a month, in Canada for $44 you get a 3 month supply, Novalog in the US in $150 a vial but only $35 a vial here. They ship the Insulin in a refrigerated condition, packed in a Styrofoam box with ice packs.