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World Diabetes Day 2016

World Diabetes Day 2016: a timely reminder of the importance of pharmacy proactively engaging customers with diabetes

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company is encouraging pharmacists to recognise World Diabetes Day this year by re-evaluating their diabetes services in-store and ensuring staff are up-to-date with relevant diabetes education and training.

While the number of people with diabetes in Australia continues to increase to epidemic proportions, so does the percentage of people who require insulin to manage this condition. As of June 2016, there were over 380,000 people with diabetes who required insulin therapy registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). This represents 32% of all people with diabetes in Australia1.

“Pharmacists can play a crucial role in assisting people with diabetes who self-inject their medication to practice better injection technique, which may lead to better health outcomes. Correct injection technique is an area that many people with diabetes find challenging”, according to Hilary Crilly, Managing Director at BD Australia and New Zealand.

Ms Teresa DiFranco, a registered pharmacist and credentialled diabetes educator, with Perth Diabetes Care, said pharmacists often see people with diabetes more regularly than that person’s own diabetes educator or general practitioner.

“I’m sure every pharmacist has noticed an increase in the number of patients with diabetes walking through their pharmacy doors on a daily basis. For that reason alone, it is critical that pharmacists are well-versed about the health condition, understand all types of diabetes and the differences in their management,” said Ms DiFranco.

“As new diabetes recommendations are published or guidelines become available, it’s imperative that pharmacists remain aware of these changes and how they may improve the self-management and overall quality of life for people living with diabetes. The recently published FITTER Insulin Injection & Infusion Recommendations is a good example of a key change that pharmacists need to be aware of to ensure they are delivering relevant, quality advice and care to their customers with insulin-requiring diabetes,” continued Ms DiFranco.

The FITTER Insulin Injection & Infusion Recommendations appeared as three articles in the September issue of the esteemed U.S. medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings and are the result of the largest injection technique survey ever performed for people with diabetes. The survey was conducted in 423 centers across 42 countries and gained responses from more than 13,000 people2,3,4.

Two of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings articles examine the key findings from the injection technique survey; the third article presents new insulin delivery recommendations which are intended to help shape local and regional injection guidelines around the world2,3,4.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated on November 14 annually. It was first introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming increase of diabetes globally.


1. NDSS Insulin Therapy Statistical Snapshot June 2016. Available at: [Accessed 24 October, 2016].
2. Frid AH, Kreugel G, Grassi G et al. Mayo Clin Proc. September 2016:91(9):1231-1255.

3. Frid AH, Hirsch LJ, Menchior AR et al. Mayo Clin Proc. September 2016:91(9):1212-1223.

4. Frid AH, Hirsch LJ, Menchior AR et al. Mayo Clin Proc. September 2016:91(9):1224-

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