FDA Bans Powdered Gloves

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday issued a final rule banning powdered medical gloves beginning on 19 January 2017.

FDA proposed the ban in March, citing mounting evidence that such gloves posed serious risks to patients, including airway and wound inflammation, post-surgical adhesion and allergic reactions.

Specifically, FDA says it will ban the sale, distribution and manufacturing of all powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder used to lubricate surgeon's gloves, though it notes the ban will not apply to powdered radiographic protection gloves.

Additionally, the ban will not apply to powder used during the manufacturing process for non-powdered gloves, so long as only trace amounts (no more than 2mg of powder per glove) make it into the finished product.