Powdered Medical Gloves Ban Now In Effect

The final rule issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banning
powdered latex gloves because they pose health risks to both patients and healthcare providers went into effect on January 18, 2017.

The gloves can cause allergic reactions, severe airway inflammation, wound inflammation, and post-surgical scar tissue formation, according to an FDA statement from when the agency first proposed the ban in March 2016. 

Powder was added to the often sticky gloves to make them easier to slip on and take off, but the FDA says the gloves pose “an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to healthcare providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them."