2016-03-21 17:08:40 UTC

FDA Proposes Ban on Most Powdered Medical Gloves

March 22, 2016

Ban applies to powdered surgeon and patient examination gloves, as well as absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove.

This week FDA announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the U.S. While the use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health-care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling.

The proposed ban applies to powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove. Non-powdered surgeon gloves and non-powdered patient examination gloves will not be included in the ban and will remain Class I medical devices. 

The proposed rule is available online at www.regulations.gov for public comment for 90 days. 

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