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Old 04.06.2013, 16:14
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Where to get a medical syringe?

Hi there,

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My American friend has to take B-12 shots monthly, but she doesn't want to go to the hospital or to see a doctor cauz they charge her a lot respectively Fr. 55.- and Fr. 80.-. Unfortunately in order to save money, she opted for a high-deductible health plan. My question is: where can we get a cheap ~ 2 to 3cc sterile syringe with a 3/4 to 1 inch needle in Zurich or Lausanne-Vevey-Montreux area? She can do it at home (she already has a few B-12 injectable ampoules: tiny bottles with a hollow neck like this

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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

Could "your American friend" use the same ones diabetics use? If so, pharmacies should have them on hand.
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Old 04.06.2013, 16:21
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

I think you can easily get them in any pharmacy.

They've often given me syringes (without the needle though) to help give a med to my young kids straight in the mouth.
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Old 04.06.2013, 16:28
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Hi there,

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Naah, not by a long shot.
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My question is: where can we get a cheap ~ 2 to 3cc sterile syringe with a 3/4 to 1 inch needle in Zurich or Lausanne-Vevey-Montreux area?
Go to a pharmacy, together with the victim#W patient and the ampoules (to help with language issues). They'll certainly be able to supply you with what's needed, although you may find they prefer single-use syringes. They shouldn't be too expensive and are a lot less hassle (and risk) than re-usable ones.
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Old 04.06.2013, 16:28
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

Yes, Pharmacy should help you out no problem!
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Old 04.06.2013, 16:54
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

While she's at the pharmacy, have her also ask about a sharps disposal container. Those needles should not go into the rubbish bin.
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Old 04.06.2013, 17:13
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While she's at the pharmacy, have her also ask about a sharps disposal container. Those needles should not go into the rubbish bin.
You can put them in a glass jar and bring them back to the pharmacy. They'll dispose of them.
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Old 04.06.2013, 17:27
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

Ha, I wish. I tried at the cantonal hospital and a pharmacy and both just said to throw the bottle I'd put the used sharps in, in the rubbish bin.
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

That's what my dr's office told me too. Toss into empty bottle and throw in trash.
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Old 04.06.2013, 17:38
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

Each pharmacy also has a sharps container behind the counter. You can bring them there an drop them in the box.
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Old 04.06.2013, 18:02
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

Must vary from canton to canton is all I can think of. My pharmacy never pointed out that they might have a box behind the counter for sharps and didn't take them off me to dispose of themselves.

Edot, that's what our doctor said too when I asked if there was any special place they could be disposed of.
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Old 04.06.2013, 18:44
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

Why buy them at the pharmacy when you can pick them up off the sidewalk for free in most metropolitan areas...
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

Everyone is right here. We had to give our cat saline injections for kidney disease and I just took the needle into the pharmacist so he could see the size, no problem. We put them in an empty coke bottle and disposed of it in regular trash.
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Old 05.06.2013, 11:49
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

Put on a long white coat, hang your trainpass on plastic ID chain, then walk around any hospital like you own the place and pick up what you can find ......
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Old 05.06.2013, 17:18
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Put on a long white coat, hang your trainpass on plastic ID chain, then walk around any hospital like you own the place and pick up what you can find ......
You're talking about nurses, right?
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Old 05.06.2013, 18:07
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

if she's in lausanne there are sharps disposals in most neighborhoods. there is one sous gare on passage de montriond, near the parc de milan.

also, there are people giving needles to people at the riponne sometimes- that would be a cheaper option- though i'd stick to the pharmacy.
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

can you buy insulin syringes online here?
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can you buy insulin syringes online here?
Probably from any online pharmacy. But why bother, any pharmacy will have them, they're available without prescription and aren't that expensive, even by Swiss standards.
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Re: Where to get a medical syringe?

wow, now that would be a nice surprise I will check again, allthough I think I saw them initially at around 40CHF/100 syringes, which is like 4x more expensive than I used to pay.
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wow, now that would be a nice surprise I will check again, allthough I think I saw them initially at around 40CHF/100 syringes, which is like 4x more expensive than I used to pay.
40 cents a syringe, thats hardly a fortune........
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