FDA wants to ban doctors’ powdered gloves

Doctors would be prohibited from using powdered surgeon’s gloves under new rules from the Obama administration.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed Monday to ban powdered surgeon’s gloves, because they present an “unreasonable and substantial risk of illness and injury” to patients and the medical professionals who use them.

The powder makes it easier for doctors to slip the gloves on and off their hands, but they are “dangerous for a variety of reasons,” the FDA noted.

These medical gloves can cause serious health problems, such as post-surgical adhesions, wound inflammation and airway inflammation, according to the FDA.

“This ban is about protecting patients and health care professionals from a danger they might not even be aware of,” Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement. “We take bans very seriously and only take this action when we feel it’s necessary to protect the public health.”

"Consequently, FDA is proposing these devices be banned,” the agency wrote in the Federal Register.

The public has 90 days to comment.