When you move to college – or move in general – it’s important to reevaluate your supply plan. Where are you getting your supplies from? There are many options for getting supplies while at school - mail order companies, local pharmacies, restocking at home, etc. Below is information on both mail order companies and pharmacies so you can make an informed decision about what works best for you.

Mail Order Companies


  • Provide you with several months of supplies at a time
  • Delivered right to your door (no need to make time to go to the pharmacy)
  • Automatic re-order option


  • Automatic reorder can result in having too many supplies
  • Mail order means your supplies can get lost or held up 
Here are some mail-order supply companies to check out. Make sure that you talk to your insurance company first – many already have a specific mail order company that they work with.



  • Pharmacies are always available for any questions/concerns
  • Most pharmacies allow for automatic refill of prescriptions
  • Some pharmacies are always open if you need an emergency refill of something


  • If you’re a busy person, you may not always be able to get your prescriptions on time
  • Less supplies given at one time

Here are a few pharmacies that may be in your area. If not, don’t fret! Do a Google search for nearby local pharmacies, or check with the local grocery store.

In addition to deciding where you will be getting your supplies from once you move, here are some other questions you should answer before moving. You can find this same information – and more – on The Final Checklist.
  • Where will diabetes supplies be sent? 
  • Who will be ordering them? 
  • Who is responsible for making sure any payments are made?
  • How long will your supplies last? 
  • How will you know when to re-order them? 
  • Where will you go to restock your low supplies? 
  • How will you get there? 

Implement your plan.

Once you’re done answering those questions, make sure your pharmacy, whether mail-order or in person, is on board and understands any changes that will be taking place from your current supply order plan. Don’t forget about back-up supplies. If you don’t have one already, be sure to get a backup meter from your endocrinologist before you leave for school—it’s a good idea to have another meter in case your first one breaks, gets lost, etc.
*Plan B: If you’re in a bind, most pharmacies sell off the shelf meters and a small supply of about 10 test strips. These “minimeters” can get you through until you get a real meter again. Also make sure to have syringes (even if you’re on a pump), long-acting insulin, and anything else that may be helpful if your main method of care fails you. Determine where you’ll be keeping non-refrigerated supplies. Dorm rooms are usually not very big. It’s probably a good idea to get a plastic storage bin or set of drawers that will keep your diabetes supplies safely together without taking up much room.

Coupons and helpful programs for paying for supplies.

Diabetes is expensive. College is expensive. Here are some discounts and coupons to help with the diabetes aspect. 

Click here to look at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists list of discounts and coupons for common diabetes medications, such as different insulins.


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