The Food and Drug Administration last month finalized a rule banning most powdered medical gloves in the United States effective Jan. 18. The final rule applies to powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s gloves. According to the agency, the use of powder on medical gloves presents numerous risks to patients and health care workers, including inflammation and respiratory allergic reactions. In announcing the proposed rule in March, FDA said it does not expect the ban to cause a glove shortage or impact medical practice, noting that many non-powdered protective glove options are available.