I got a note from MS Linelines the other day on the results of their trial with the smaller needle. It definitely looks like it will make the injection much better. On a side note how the heck do you get signed up for these types of clinical trials. I would have loved to beta-test a smaller needle! Regardless I have about 3 months of injections to go through assuming the next pack I get is with the smaller needle. At least it is something to be optimistic about in the future! Here are the details per the email that I got:
Rebif’s new 29-gauge needle is the thinnest of any MS therapy. And a thinner needle may mean more comfortable injections. In fact, in a recent survey of patients using the new, thinner needle*:
- 89% reported less pain
- 84% reported less bruising
- 81% reported less stinging/burning
- 77% reported fewer injection-site reactions†
* Based on a telephone survey of 26 patients who used the 29-gauge needle. Responses were self-assessed after 2 or more weeks of using the new syringe.
† Includes redness, swelling, and/or tenderness.