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FDA Urged to Ban Medical Use of Latex Gloves



The Food and Drug Administration's failure to ban the use of cornstarch-powdered latex gloves in healthcare settings endangers the public health, an advocacy group asserts.



1 comments on "FDA Urged to Ban Medical Use of Latex Gloves"
hcproinc (4/27/2011 at 2:33 PM)

Dear Ms. Clark: I thought to advise you that the price of raw latex on the world market has exploded. That has translated to exponentially higher costs for health care providers. I can tell you that I have seen quarterly price increases in the 70 to 80% range. In fact, Nitrile gloves are now less costly than any latex glove; newer alternatives such as flexible, stretch vinyl have superior qualities to latex. We first saw price increases in latex when the Olympic Games were in China. China shut down the latex plants to provide cleaner air for the games. The manufacturer's of course, did not lower pricing after the Games and the factories started back up. Now with raw latex pricing escalating the manufacturing community is passing more cost on to the consumer. It is clearly time to make the switch to non-latex gloves.