These images were in a recent issue of the B-D (Becton-Dickinson) consumer
Healthcare Update newsletter. They show magnified photographs of a BD
insulin needle when it is new, after one injection, and after two injections.
comment that after the first use, the tip dulls, twists, and can break off
inside the skin. Upon second use, the abraded needle can can tear the skin
and slow healing. They state that the needles designed for one use only -
they are thinner and more delicate than needles from years ago. Therefore,
it is not safe to reuse needles.
You can get the newsletter titled
"BD Update: News and information just for you." by calling BD customer service at 1-888-232-2737.
I know many of you reuse needles but these images might influence your
decision. To reuse a syringe or not is a personal decision - and you can
see what others are doing at on the syringe reuse poll.
If expense is a concern of yours, there are some options.
In the past, you could call BD customer service and they would send you two
coupons for $2 off a box of 100 insulin syringes - they may still provide
coupons if you ask. Also, WalMart stores have the ReliOn syringe, which is comparable
to the BD syringe, for about half the cost. It might make single use a more
affordable option. Or try the Discount Insulin Syringes
Accusure) available at Hocks pharmacy. They have 28 and 29 gauge
needles for both 1/2 and 1cc syringes (no 3/10 cc syringes) and they are about $12-13
per box of 100. Using this link helps support our site - we earn a 5%
commission on the sale, and it doesn't cost you a cent!
Updated December 2001
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