Becton Dickinson picks up syringe guard maker Safety Syringes in a closed-doors deal expected to close before the end of the year.


Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) signed a definitive agreement to acquire Safety Syringes, maker of anti-needlestick devices for pre-filled syringes.

The merger, the terms of which were not disclosed, should close by the end of fiscal 2012, according to a press release.

Becton aims to boost its passive safety offerings with Safety Syringes' needle shields and guards, which are currently offered for prefilled syringes with more than 20 drugs, according to a press release.