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As of Jan. 18, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the use of powdered patient examination gloves, as well as absorbable powder for lubricating gloves. The FDA determined that the powder presented an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury that cannot be corrected or eliminated by labeling or a change in labeling.  The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine issued a clarification indicating that, “…the ban applies to all powdered medical gloves used by humans, except powdered radiographic protection gloves.”

Existing inventories of powdered gloves in research labs on campus may be used until they are gone, but attempts to stockpile powdered gloves should not be made. Ordering powdered gloves after Jan. 18, 2017, is in violation of the ban.  Many suppliers have already implemented procedures to comply with the ban and are no longer offering powdered gloves for sale.

To view the full text of the FDA ban here.

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