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The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule Dec. 19, banning the use of most powdered medical gloves.

The rule, which goes into effect Jan. 18, applies to patient examination gloves, powdered surgeon’s gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove. 

“While use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling,” the agency said in a March news release.


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