The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued final legislation that bans the use and manufacture of most powdered medical gloves, effective January 18, 2017. The ban applies to both the medical and dental industries. According to the FDA, it banned the use of most powdered medical gloves due to mounting evidence that powder can cause harm to both patients and clinicians, including respiratory allergic reactions, wound inflammation, and post-surgical adhesion.
The FDA's glove ban applies to:
- All powdered surgeon's gloves
- All powdered patient examination gloves
- Absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's glove
This situation affects all national brand as well as McKesson Brands powdered medical gloves. Effective immediately, powder gloves are no longer available from McKesson Medical-Surgical.
The FDA stated within the final rule that unused supplies at healthcare facilities (e. g., hospitals, nursing homes, medical and dental offices, etc.) should be disposed of in accordance to the established procedures of the local community's solid waste management system, which typically involves disposal in landfills or incineration.
Your McKesson Account Manager is available to talk with you about the impending ban, suggest viable glove alternatives, and provide information on where providers can appropriately dispose of existing banned glove inventory.