FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves


On March 21st the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it intended to ban powdered medical gloves.

The powder used in powdered gloves is used to make the gloves easier to put on and take off. The powder, however, carry proteins that can cause respiratory allergic reactions in some people.

Medical personel (Doctors, nurses, etc…) are the ones most at risk but patients are also at risk and, as is often the case, trade one medical problem for another when they end up having respiratory issues because of the protein in the powdered gloves used by the medical staff.

The ban, at this time, extends only to medical powdered gloves and does not include powdered gloves in other areas.