❝ Most powdered gloves would be banned in the U.S. under an FDA proposal announced Monday.
“While use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to healthcare providers, patients, and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling.”
❝ The FDA explained that the powder on latex gloves (but not synthetic gloves) can become aerosolized and carry allergenic proteins. These contribute to airway allergic reactions, surgical adhesions, and wound inflammation.
❝ Such a ban would not create a shortage and the economic impact would be insignificant, the FDA determined after reviewing the scientific literature and analyzing comments on a 2011 notice indicating the agency’s concerns.
The ban would not apply to powdered radiographic protection gloves, and unpowdered gloves of all kinds would remain unaffected.
Wow. Such dynamism. Only took the FDA 5 years to do this, eh?