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    prescribe a needle?

    I've always thought that "prescribe" is used for a medicine.
    But I by chance found that a dictionary says it means "to tell somebody to take a particular medicine or have a particular treatment". So, it's not only medicines.

    This makes me wonder if this is applicable when an self-injectable injection kit is provided to a patient with diabetes.
    Is it possibe to say "prescribe a syringe and an injection needle"?

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    Re: prescribe a needle?

    I see . Thank you very much!

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    Re: prescribe a needle?

    You also need a doctor's prescription for medical devices and testing supplies. Like strips for a glucose meter or a wheelchair, etc. Medical insurance will cover all or some of the cost for such devices when they are medically necessary.

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    Re: prescribe a needle?

    That's very informative. Thank you so much!

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    Re: prescribe a needle?

    [not a teacher]

    As Gillnetter pointed out, "prescribe/prescription" isn't solely for medical usage.

    "We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That's a clear prescription for disaster." - Carl Sagan, 1994

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