Powdered medical gloves used by doctors have been banned for use in the US after they were found to be “very dangerous” for a variety of reasons.
That’s because the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a ban on powdered medical gloves, calling them dangerous. The ruling marks only the second time in history that the FDA has banned a medical device.
The ruling marks only the second time in history that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned a medical device. The first time was when it prohibited the use of prosthetic hair fibres 1983.
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The agency first proposed the ban back in March, and issued a final ruling today (Dec. 16). The ban will take effect on Jan. 19, 2017.
The powder is sometimes added to gloves to make them easier to take on and off, the agency said. But if the powder on latex gloves becomes airborne, it can cause allergic reactions. What’s more, use of the gloves on patients has been associated with wound inflammation, as well as a condition in which bands of scar tissue form between people’s organs after surgery, the FDA said.
Today’s state-of-the-art medical gloves include nonpowdered alternatives that provide all the benefits of powdered gloves, without the same risks, the agency said.
When issuing the prosed ban in March, the agency said it had determined that a ban on powdered gloves would not cause a glove shortage. Only a small percentage of medical gloves used today have powder, according to The New York Times.
The FDA determined that simply adding a warning label to powdered gloves was not enough to address the risk, the agency said.
The only other time the agency has banned a medical device was in 1983, when it banned prosthetic hair fibers.
Original article on Live Science