Petition to FDA to Ban Powdered and Latex Surgeon’s and Patient Examination Gloves

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October 16, 2017, final FDA response to the petition

Public Citizen petitions the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately (a) ban the use of cornstarch powder on all surgeon’s and patient examination gloves, and (b) ban the use of all natural latex rubber surgeon’s and patient examination gloves, because of the serious threat posed by these products to patients and healthcare workers and the ready availability of widely used safer alternatives (i.e., powder-free synthetic gloves).