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BD Board Declares Dividend

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

BD Board Declares Dividend11:34 EST Tuesday, January 31, 2012FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX) has declared a quarterly dividend of 45 cents per common share, payable on March 30, 2012 to holders of record on March 9, 2012. The indicated annual dividend rate is $1.80 per share. About BDBD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world.  BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental in combating many of the world's most pressing diseases. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs approximately 29,000 associates in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The Company serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. For more information, please visit www.bd.com.Contact:Colleen T. White, Corporate Communications ? 201-847-5369Monique N. Dolecki, Investor Relations ? 201-847-5453  SOURCE BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)