For some time now, glove manufacturers
and the healthcare industry alike have been moving towards powder-free gloves,
which have been shown to be safer for both patients and healthcare workers.
This evolution is set to accelerate, as on December 19, 2016, the FDA published
the final rule to
ban powdered surgical gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and
absorbable powder used for lubricating surgical gloves. The FDA ruled these
products present unreasonable and substantial risk to health care providers,
patients and other individuals.
While medical gloves play a significant
role in protecting patients, healthcare providers, and other individuals,
exposure to powdered surgical and examination gloves may cause a number of
undesirable reactions. Powdered gloves have been associated with severe airway
inflammation, hypersensitivity reactions, allergic reactions (including
asthma), lung inflammation, and post-surgical complications such as
adhesions. These adverse events have been attributed to the use of glove powder
with all types of gloves. In addition, aerosolized glove powder can carry
proteins that may cause respiratory allergic reactions.
In response to the FDA ban on US powdered
surgical gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder
used for lubricating surgical gloves, Ansell, a global leader in protection
solutions, is committed to helping its valued customers manage the process of
converting to appropriate alternatives.
Up until, but not after, January 31, 2017
(two weeks after the FDA ban effective date of January 18, 2017), Ansell will
replace any unexpired powdered medical glove with an equivalent powder-free or
industrial grade powdered glove for end user customers. Customers should
contact their chosen distributor to return the powdered product. Ansell will
provide an equivalent replacement at the same price for each case returned.
This offer is limited to case quantities only in original, unopened packaging.
If you are using powdered surgical gloves, and
want more information on what this ban means for you, visit our powder-free
surgical glove solutions site.
If you are using powdered examination gloves for medical
applications, in which wearers come in contact with patients,
please visit this page for more information about recommended alternatives.
If you use powdered examination gloves for industrial applications, visit this page to learn more about how this ban will impact the powdered gloves you purchase today.