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Friday, January 13, 2017

FDA Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves Applies to Veterinary Use

On December 19, 2016, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule banning all powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating surgical gloves intended for use by humans because these devices present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury that cannot be corrected or eliminated by a change in labeling. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine is issuing this update to ensure that veterinary stakeholders are aware that the ban applies to all powdered medical gloves used by humans except powdered radiographic protection gloves, including powdered medical gloves used in the practice of veterinary medicine.