Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), based in Franklin Lakes, N.J., has launched the BD Ultrafine Nano, which the company says is the world’s smallest pen needle. The pen needle provides less painful injections and works as well as longer needles in patients of all body types, according to BD.

The needle effectively delivers an insulin dose to subcutaneous tissue while reducing the risk of injecting into muscle, BD said.

In a company-issued press release, Kris Swenson, RN, co-owner and co-founder of the Diabetes Management and Training Centers, Inc., in Phoenix, Ariz., observed: “Diabetes tools have just gotten better with the release of BD’s new 4 mm insulin pen needle. The latest science shows that insulin injections with these new short and fine pen needles are just as effective in the delivery of insulin, and also much less frightening. This should help people get started on insulin much sooner, before long-term health problems occur.”

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