The Food & Drug Administration announced on Monday, December 19th a final ruling banning Powdered Surgeon’s Gloves, Powdered Patient Examination Gloves, and Absorbable Powder for Lubricating a Surgeon’s Glove. The FDA stated, “the gloves present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury and that the risk cannot be corrected or eliminated by labeling or a change in labeling.”

Common for everything from daily doctor office visits to complex surgeries, medical gloves serve as a barrier against the transfer of infectious disease and provide protection for interactions between medical service providers and patients. Glove makers have used powder substance to assist with getting the gloves on. The use of powder can have potential harm to both patients and medical staff which includes inflammation, respiratory problems, and allergic reactions.

The ban will go into effect January 18, 2017.

The last medical device to be banned dates back to 1983, when prosthetic hair fibers were banned.

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