Welcome to the State of California 

Office of AIDS 

Materials for Pharmacists and Health Departments – Nonprescription Sale of Syringes


This one-page brochure is designed for pharmacists to provide to their nonprescription syringe sale customers, and provides information on how to properly dispose of sharps waste. It also gives the California HIV/AIDS Service Referrals phone line, where patients can find referrals for drug treatment programs, HIV and viral hepatitis testing, and related medical services. The brochure may also be customized to provide local referrals.

The California Hepatitis Alliance has a simple one-page fact sheet that is useful for introducing pharmacists that are new to nonprescription syringe sale to the reasons behind the change in pharmacy law, and the potential public health benefits. Other helpful materials are also available. 

This fact sheet for pharmacists, health departments and consumers outlines the key provisions of Senate Bill 41, which went into effect January 1, 2012. The new law allows licensed pharmacies throughout California to sell up to 30 syringes to adults without a prescription, without requiring pharmacies to register in order to do so. 

For more information, contact Alessandra Ross, Injection Drug Use Specialist, OA at (916) 449-5796 or alessandra.ross@cdph.ca.gov.


Research Articles

Watson T, Hughes C. Can Pharm J. 2012. May:145(3):124-27.

Stopka TJ, Lutnick A, Wenger LD, Deriemer K, Geraghty EM, Kral AH. Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Jul 1;176(1):14-23.

Lutnick A, Cooper E, Dodson C, Bluthenthal R, Kral AH. J Urban Health. 2012 Jun 21.

Rose VJ, Raymond HF. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2010 Sep-Oct;50(5):595-9.

Riley ED, Kral AH, Stopka TJ, Garfein RS, Reuckhaus P, Bluthenthal RN. J Urban Health. 2010 Jul;87(4):534-42.

Zaller ND, Yokell MA, Jeronimo A, Bratberg JP, Case P, Rich JD.. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2010 Sep-Oct;50(5):619-22.

Rudolph AE, Crawford ND, Ompad DC, Benjamin EO, Stern RJ, Fuller CM.J Am Pharm Assoc. 2010 Mar-Apr 1;50(2):140-7.

Cooper EN, Dodson C, Stopka TJ, Riley ED, Garfein RS, Bluthenthal RN. J Urban Health. 2010 Jul;87(4):543-52.  

Were you looking for..?



Last modified on: 5/22/2014 12:54 PM