It is an unfortunate reality that having a B12 deficiency comes with the added burden of having to educate what feels like everyone about the neurologic symptoms, how the deficiency can manifest without anemia, how inadequate and unreliable the current available tests are, AND, if you live in certain places, what the laws are regarding retail sales of syringes.
Sometimes I wish people just already knew this stuff.
I went into a pharmacy on Saturday to buy a few IM syringes (I'm switching from subQ back to IM). I had brought with me my B12 prescription which proves I would be using the syringes legally, but I was told that they couldn't legally sell me IM syringes without a separate prescription for the syringes themselves; they could only sell me insulin syringes.
I know differently. Here is the actual law in the state of WA ( app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.... ):
"On the sale at retail of any hypodermic syringe, hypodermic needle, or any device adapted for the use of drugs by injection, the retailer shall satisfy himself or herself that the device will be used for the legal use intended."
There is no prescription required and nothing in the law that limits the type of syringe. So I asked the pharmacist to please provide me a copy of whatever regulation she has that limits the type of syringe to be sold. She said she couldn't do it right then, but she'd look it up, print it out, and call me to come get the print out. So far I haven't heard from her.
Even if she never gets back to me, I do sincerely hope that she looks up the info, finds out that she's been misquoting the law, and changes her behavior. I realize that, sometimes, I'm not just educating others for my own benefit, but also for the benefit of anyone that pharmacist encounters after me.