BD™ U-500 insulin syringe with BD Ultra-Fine™ 6mm needle

Simplify the steps required to inject U-500 insulin by using the BD™ U-500 insulin syringe. Designed to help patients safely take Humulin® R U-500 insulin.1,2

The BD U-500 insulin syringe is designed with the BD Ultra-Fine™ 6mm needle to specifically support patients taking Humulin* R U-500 insulin. The BD U-500 insulin syringe is designed to help patients inject the correct dose by reducing the steps necessary to draw up and inject U-500 insulin.

Bold scale markings

Bold scale markings in five-unit increments let you easily draw insulin to the prescribed dose, allowing up to 250 units.

Shortest syringe needle by BD

The 6-mm x 31-G needle is the shortest insulin syringe needle length currently available from BD.

Reduced number of dosing steps

The syringe is designed to reduce the number of dosing steps required to manually convert doses using a U-100 insulin syringe or a tuberculin (volumetric) syringe, helping to reduce dosing errors.

Consistency of care

To ensure consistency of care, the price of the BD U-500 insulin syringe aligns with that of the BD U-100 insulin syringe with 6-mm needle length.

Insurance coverage

BD Medical – Diabetes Care has partnered with managed care organizations to ensure that the BD U-500 insulin syringe is covered by most healthcare plans, including Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D), at the preferred copay, mirroring the coverage of our other BD Ultra-Fine insulin syringes.

Packaging consistency

The insulin syringe package and components are aligned with the new Humulin R U-500 insulin green and gray packaging color scheme; the syringe plunger is gray, the syringe shield is green and "U-500" is printed on the syringe collar in green.

Pharmacy availability

The insulin syringe―NDC 08290-3267-30―is easy to find at the pharmacy.

  • Patients should only use a U-500 insulin syringe to take their U-500 insulin. Other types of syringes may require patients to convert their dose, which can cause error that may result in an overdose.
  • BD and Eli Lilly believe that patients should only use a U-500 insulin syringe with the U-500 insulin vial, and advise against switching between types of syringes.1
  • A physician should tell patients how much Humulin R U-500 insulin to take, when to take it and how to draw up a dose using the BD U-500 insulin syringe.

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* Humulin is a trademark of Eli Lilly and Company.

† Copays and coverage amounts vary by plan.

  1. Institute for Safe Medication Practices. U-500 syringe approved by FDA. In: ISMP Medication Safety Alert. Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; 2016.
  2. Gibney MA, Arce CH, Byron KJ, Hirsch LJ, et al. Skin and subcutaneous adipose layer thickness in adults with diabetes at sites used for insulin injections: implications for needle length recommendations. Curr Med Res Opin. 2010;26(6):1519-1530.