Interview With William Marshall, president of BD Medical—Diabetes Care

From the Spring Research Guide

Apr 1, 2006

Why are today’s insulin syringes and pen needles better than ever?

Over the decades, BD has been responsible for numerous innovations that continue making insulin injections with syringes and pen needles easier, safer and more comfortable. Almost as thin as an eyelash, today’s insulin needles are the smallest of any hypodermic needle. We continue to improve our needles through advancements in design—processing and lubrication technologies to maximize patient comfort and convenience, to help more patients easily transition to insulin therapy when the time is right for them.

What is the most important message that endocrinologists and primary care physicians need to tell their diabetic patients about insulin syringes and pen needles?

Today’s insulin syringes and pen needles offer ease, discreetness and comfort that allow people with diabetes to take better control of their care.

Most people with diabetes are reluctant to give themselves insulin because they are fearful that they are not capable of giving the injection or they fear that the injection might hurt. However, most patients who are taught how to use an insulin syringe or pen needle by a diabetes educator or healthcare professional find that it is an easy procedure with minimal to no pain. It also, in many cases, makes the patient feel better.

How should an endocrinologist or primary care physician decide if an insulin syringe or pen is the best delivery system for their insulin-using patient?

Physicians can go to and use our “product selector”—a tool specifically designed to help people with diabetes and healthcare professionals think through choices between syringes and pens. The tool considers insulin type, dose size and other potential lifestyle factors.

How are BD insulin syringes and pen needles beneficial to the diabetic?

Actually, all of our diabetes care products are beneficial to people with diabetes. The goal of diabetes therapy is to maintain blood glucose levels as close to “normal range” as possible, and BD offers products designed to help people with diabetes achieve maximum blood glucose control. We offer the widest choice of insulin syringes and pen needles, so that patients and their doctors can choose the product that best suits their needs.

What should endos and PCPs know about the future of insulin syringes and pen needles?

BD is committed to providing people with diabetes the best possible products for their care. Insulin delivery product innovations (including insulin syringes and pen needles) based upon increasing patient convenience and comfort are in development and will continue to be introduced to the market. Today’s insulin syringes are 90 percent smaller in size than those introduced in 1924. While today’s needles are state of the art, BD continues to develop insulin needles that will be even thinner, less obtrusive, easier to use and more comfortable.

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