FDA clears new latex-free glove

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for marketing the Yulex® patient examination glove, which is made from a form of natural rubber latex derived from the guayule bush. Guayule rubber does not contain proteins associated with allergic reactions to latex products from Hevea brasiliensis, the source of traditional latex rubber, according to the Yulex manufacturer, Yulex Corp. of Maricopa, AZ.

As a result of several Type I latex allergy deaths, FDA initiated strict regulations of all products made with the Hevea rubber latex, including warning labels about the risk of allergic reaction on products containing latex. The U.S. Department of Agriculture


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