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Information for Customers – Nonprescription Sale of Syringes


California law allows nonprescription sale of syringes (NPSS) in pharmacies throughout the state.

  • Pharmacies may now sell an unlimited number of syringes without a prescription to adults 18 years of age or older for disease prevention purposes.
  • Pharmacies may choose whether or not to offer nonprescription syringe sale – they are not required to sell syringes without a prescription.
  • Pharmacists are not required to check customer identification in order to provide NPSS.
  • Pharmacists are not required to keep a log of syringe sales.
  • Adults anywhere in the state are now permitted to possess an unlimited number of syringes for personal use when acquired from an authorized source.

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