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MHRA Alert: Styrene polymer based surgical and examination gloves may disintegrate when in contact with certain solvent
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the United Kingdom issued a Medical Device Alert on 12 July 2005 for the product 'Styrene polymer based surgical and examination gloves - various manufacturers'. According to the Alert, some synthetic gloves degrade and may disintegrate when in contact with certain solvents, for example acetone, which is present in products such as spray-on wound dressings. It advises all users of latex-free surgical or examination gloves should ensure that styrene polymer based gloves do not come into contact with solvents. For more details, please refer to the MHRA website.
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