Is it Legal to Sell Diabetic Test Strips?
Under most circumstances it is 100% legal to sell diabetic test strips. Test strips that can be purchased over the counter can be legally sold. There are, however, a few cases in which is would not be legal to sell diabetic test strips.
When is it legal to sell diabetic test strips?
It is legal to sell test strips if you purchased the test strips from another person, store, or pharmacy. If you are using insurance to purchase the test strips and pay for the insurance premiums you can legally sell the test strips if you no longer need them for your care. An example of this would be if a pregnant woman with gestational diabetes filled her prescription for test strips then did not use them all before giving birth, she could legally sell them instead of throwing them in the trash or letting them expire. It is also legal to sell test strips that you purchased with insurance if you switch brands of test strips, because you would be continuing your care with a different brand. If you have legally acquired your test strips by purchasing them or if you acquired the test strips as a gift, you can legally sell them as long as they have not expired or been tampered with.
When is in not legal to sell diabetic test strips?
If Medicaid or Medicare, or any government agency, pays for your diabetic test strips it is against the law for you to resell them. People on Medicaid and Medicare get their diabetic testing supplies paid for by the government so they can not be sold. To identify if your test strips were paid for by the government there will be a red stripe or words on the box indicating that it has been paid for by Medicaid or Medicare.
You can not sell expired, used test strips, or test strips that have been tampered with. Any test strip that has been compromised and can not be safely used can not be sold. If you sell diabetic test strips that have been tampered with and someone is harmed from using them, you can be held legally responsible. Many people think they can sell used test strips to people who extract gold from them, however people that extract gold do not extract it from used test strips as this is extremely dangerous. They typically only extract gold from unused expired test strips.
It not legal to sell diabetic test strips that are not rightfully yours. If you steal diabetic someones diabetic test strips and then sell them you are breaking the law. You can, however, sell diabetic test strips that you have acquired from another person. For example, if your diabetic mother passes away, it is legal to sell diabetic test strips she has left behind even if they were paid for by insurance. The only thing that would prevent you from selling them is if they were paid for by Medicaid or Medicare.
Just be sure to do your research and sell to reputable websites. There are many companies that claim to pay extremely high prices and people send their supplies to them and never get paid. Watch out for companies paying prices that are higher than you can purchase the test strips on Amazon.
All items listed above can be legally donated. If you want to sell test strips to a reputable company with a 5-star rating, sell only to Sell Your Strips for More. We make sure your unused diabetic supplies get into the hands of people that need them so they don’t go to waste.