By firefightermom Latest Reply 2009-03-11 00:56:28 -0500
Started 2009-03-04 06:04:34 -0600

This morning I was going to give my daughter her insulin and the needle would not go into her skin so I tried another and no, so I said one more time and if it doesn't work we're going to change sites well after 3 tries finally it slipped right in no problem. The only thing I could think of was dull needles for some reason. Has anyone else had this problem? we do change sites and she doesnt have tough skin it had to be the needles it was like trying to push a pencil in her!! Not a good way to start the day! thanks.They are BD syringes

20 replies

markjohn1 2009-03-11 00:28:00 -0500 Report

What I see is a trend with the syringes Tina and as I said on my reply to you on our community site I believe we need to handle this in a way that makes sense. What I want to know is everyone having problems with the needles in favor of my idea.

I think I would like to start collecting the needles and then mail all of them into the company and show them in total what we are dealing with. That way they get a bunch of needles from one person instead of 100 and we get know where. I am do it from the non-profit saying we are on a needle collecting campaign for all dull needles and are sending them back to the factory for re-issue and better QA.
then as we get them I or someone else who ever want to do this, if you don't want me can re-issue them back to everyone that turned them in.

Who knows we may get double the amount or more for the problem.
If you want to try let me know or let Tina know.

BETTYBOOP9 2009-03-11 00:56:28 -0500 Report

Hi there I do the insulin but I don't use syringes and I the BD needles for the Novolog Pen,and the Lantus Pen, sorry to hear about your trouble I hope you took them back and hope you don't have the problem any further. Have a very blessed day.

Petrea 2009-03-09 02:38:58 -0500 Report

A couple of times with the BD syringes I have gone to push the plunger thing down & it wouldn't go down kinda of like it would stick. Now I try to remember to kind of "prime" the plunger several times to make sure it is working smoothly before I give myself a shot.

firefightermom 2009-03-09 06:49:22 -0500 Report

we have had that happen too and it is sort of scary huh? I try to remember to pull the plunger back now also. thanks everyone for your input…

Ginetteb 2009-03-06 11:04:57 -0600 Report

I don't use these syringes, I don't know what they look like, but it seems to me that all of you who have had bad syringes should write the company and complain. The cost of diabetic supplies is so high that we should be able to rely on all our supplies. This to me is absolutely unacceptable.

roger 2009-03-08 16:07:34 -0500 Report

should we draft a letter and all put our name on it and send it to BD to show how the dc fam see it?

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daniel velazco 2009-03-08 21:39:40 -0500 Report

there are times I have had aroblem with these type(bd) myself. but it's not very often. I get mine by the box and maybe 1 out of evey 5 bags may have a bad 1.

dj7110 2009-03-06 10:49:19 -0600 Report

I also had problems with bent BD needles. I also pick a different site if have problems first time. rotate between stomach, leg and arm. I use to always inject in my stomach, but after i strted humalog and went to injecting 4 times a day. went to a more rotation on injection sites to prevent any areas becoming hardened from constant injections close to same spot. Which can happen.

lipsie 2009-03-06 01:35:08 -0600 Report

Awww, that is a rough start to the morning. I am sorry you're having problems, I see others that have the same kind have the same issues, maybe time to change brands. And definately seek a refund on what you can. COMPLAIN to them cause that's just not fair to have to put her thru all that crap when she already has to deal with it in the first place. Wish you well. Sorry about that once again. *Hugz* Sheila

Judimar 2009-03-06 01:44:12 -0600 Report


I am not using syringes but I do use BD needles for my Byetta pen and encountered this as well. Fortunately it was just one time.

I hope you don't encounter this problem again. I can not imagine how frustrating it must be for you and her both.

firefightermom 2009-03-06 08:17:25 -0600 Report

thanks everyone for your advice!! no more problems with that so far that is strange though huh? thanks alot.

bigjrm45 2009-03-06 08:46:13 -0600 Report

I to have found a few bad syringes from BD and I called them and they sent me a coupon for a box of 100 ,I had to send them back the one that was bad they give you the stuff to send it back for free.

roger 2009-03-06 08:54:02 -0600 Report

on pump now but have had the same thing happen in the past have even had someyou could not push air out of i just called and they would send me some and little can to send bad back to them never any thing back about what they found ?

just4us3 2009-03-10 11:34:16 -0500 Report

I have had this happen many times also, usually with the BD short needles. It is frustrating when it happens with more than one needle, but it is even worse when it happens to the kids

firefightermom 2009-03-09 06:46:00 -0500 Report

I was wondering about that. I will start saving them instead of throwing them away and that may help fix the problem for them if they can see it.. thanks alot, good day!

rbergman 2009-03-05 20:34:07 -0600 Report

I too have had this same issue with BD syringes and I purchase by the 100 per box, usually I'd only have a few that were dull or damaged, maybe 5 out of 100, I just chalk it up to nothing is perfect and get another one out of the box. Rather strange you had so many in a row like that though so sorry.

2009-03-05 20:42:01 -0600 Report

Robin, Have you noticed too the plastic at the top of those needles in just about every other one has what looks like a bubble? It drives me crazy because I can't tell if I got an air bubble or if it is a flaw in the plastic? How did your A1C test go? I just got home. Phone, laptop, nothing working this trip. Hugs

rbergman 2009-03-05 21:18:39 -0600 Report

IYes, I do remember seeing those lil bubbles you mentioned in some syringes before. I don't have the results yet, she took me off of insulin and put me on Janumet (I created a post about it"Janumet 50/500" cuz I'm not happy with its results). I go back next Wednesday to see how things are going but still running in the 200s with the medication. Got an appointment to see a Dermo too for my leg however they wanted me there Monday the 9th but informed me it would be between $122-$195 for the initial visit and I just don't have that kind of money so I can't go Monday, going to call and see about changing it to a later date so I can save up for it. I also have the beginning of neuropathy in my feet but she thought if we get my numbers down that will change if not she will address that issue as well next week.

2009-03-05 21:24:59 -0600 Report

Crap. I didn't see your discussion yet but I will read it. I will email you later tonight or in the morning. Thinking of you my friend. :)

2009-03-05 20:30:29 -0600 Report

Hi stranger. I use BD syringes and I bought 5 packs at Walgreens a few weeks ago that all 10 of the tips were bent in one pack. I gave myself the first shot and screamed like a baby! When it was time for the next shot, thank GOODNESS when i was holding it up to the light I noticed the tip was bent! When I checked the other syringes, the remaining 8 were bent. I bought 5 packs that day and the other 4 were packs were fine. So I guess there is BAD batches, however, I watched the girl take them all out of the same box. Yuck… Take care friend, Angie

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