Latex Glove Ban Proposed in the United States

A ban on powdered latex gloves has been proposed by the United State’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency explained its stance, citing the powder used to make the gloves easier to pull on and off as causing: “an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health-care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them.”

Allergic reactions to latex can be severe, and there is currently no cure for this particular allergy. The dangers of latex gloves have been recorded by the FDS since 1997, with the recent announcement of the proposition for the ban being met with criticism of slow progress.

Use of powdered latex gloves has generally been on a decline in the US over recent years, with many practices voluntarily replacing them with allergen-free alternatives. In theUK, a similar migration away from latex can be seen in dental and GP surgeries, and institutions such as Great Ormond Street Hospital banning all latex products completely.

The FDA, for only the second time ever, wants to ban a medical device. Here’s why [via the Washington Post]

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