FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Gloves in the United States

April 15, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on March 21, 2016, a proposal to ban powdered gloves in the United States. FDA said that the use of powdered gloves is decreasing, but they pose an "unreasonable and substantial risk" of injury to providers and patients. The proposal would ban powdered surgeon's gloves, patient examination gloves, and the absorbable powder to lubricate a surgeon's glove. Powder was originally added to gloves to help make them easier to put on and take off, but the powder added a myriad of risks, said FDA.

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