Yes, It's Legal to Sell Your Extra Diabetes Self-Test Strips

There are many reasons a person would have extra diabetes self-test strips. Maybe they switched to a new brand or meter, a diabetic in the family has passed on, or a woman who had diabetes during pregnancy now has no use for leftover boxes. Or maybe the boxes just built up over time.

If you have some extra strips yourself, you may be wondering how you can still make use of them. Or maybe you've heard about people reselling their spare or leftover diabetes self-test strips, and now you are faced with the one big question any person in your place would ask: is the practice LEGAL? The answer is YES, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). However, there are a few guidelines to follow. Here's a good read about how to  get paid for strips, check it out!

One, you cannot sell strips if the boxes are expired, damaged or recalled. Some buyers would also not accept International boxes. If you got your strips through Medicaid or Medicare, it flat out illegal to resell them as well. The supplies you get from Medicaid and Medicare are paid for by the government so definitely, you cannot resell them. To know if your test strips were paid for by the government, look for a red stripe on the box. If you find one, don't attempt to sell them or you could get in trouble with the law.

In addition, you cannot sell test strips that have been tampered with. Strips that have been compromised in any way and which are therefore unsafe, cannot be sold lest you be legally responsible when someone is harmed from using them.

Needless to say, you cannot sell diabetic test strips that are not rightfully yours. Selling test strips from a diabetic is breaking the law, and you can be held accountable. However, if you acquired your strips from a family member who has no use for them anymore, or as we said, if they have passed away, it's fine to sell the strips they have left you with. Please view this site for further details. 

Finally, if you actually bought those strips yourself or you got them as a gift, then by all means, sell them if you no longer need them. You can, in fact, do what you want to do with them, as long as all the earlier mentioned guidelines are followed.

So there you go. Reselling diabetes self-test strips is perfectly legal as long as doing so will not harm future users, abuse the Medicare/Medicaid system, or violate other person's rights.