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FDA approves new type of latex glove

OSHA Healthcare Connection, June 10, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved for marketing a new patient examination glove made from guayule latex, a new form of natural rubber latex.

Testing on Yulex glove, made by the Yulex Corporation of Maricopa, AZ, has shown that even patients who are highly allergic to traditional latex do not react on first exposure to guayule latex proteins.

For the time being, the Yulex glove will still carry a warning about the potential for allergic reactions, which the FDA requires for all medical devices made with latex.

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