WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)  April 30, 2003

                          BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

           New Jersey                001-4802                   22-0760120
    (State or other juris-         (Commission             (IRS Employer Iden-
   diction of incorporation)       File Number)            tification Number)

   1 Becton Drive, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey                   07417-1880
    (Address of principal executive offices)                    (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code          (201) 847-6800

         (Former name or former addresses if changed since last report.)


        The following statement is being furnished by the Company under the
        provisions of Regulation FD:

        On April 30, 2003, Edward J. Ludwig, Chairman, President and Chief
        Executive Officer of Becton, Dickinson and Company ("BD"), exercised
        options to purchase 46,428 shares of BD. Mr. Ludwig has sold 26,428 of
        these shares to cover costs and tax obligations related to this stock
        option exercise. On April 30, 2003, Mr. Ludwig also made a charitable
        contribution of 1,000 shares.

        As a result of these transactions, Mr. Ludwig has an ownership
        interest in an aggregate of 98,899 shares of BD, including 52,789 shares
        owned directly, 18,206 shares held in BD's Savings Incentive Plan and
        27,904 shares held in BD's Deferred Compensation Plan.

        Since January 1, 2003, Mr. Ludwig has invested a total of $327,654 in
        10,650 shares of common stock of BD, through bonus and salary deferral
        elections pursuant to BD's Deferred Compensation Plan (the "Plan"). In
        addition, since January 1, 2003, two other executive officers of BD have
        invested a total of $243,254 in 7,892 shares of BD common stock, through
        bonus and salary deferrals elections pursuant to the Plan. These
        investments in BD shares under the Plan are reported, as they occur, as
        acquisitions of derivative securities on Table II of Forms 4.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                           BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY

                                           By: /s/ Gary DeFazio
                                                   Gary DeFazio
                                                   Assistant Secretary

Date: April 30, 2003

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