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    Healthcare workers wear gloves constantly. With higher hospital rates and vaccinations in full swing, it’s no surprise that there’s a shortage of the blue nitrile exam gloves. 

    Here’s a look at how we’re solving that. 

    What: Premier Inc and Honeywell announced a new commercial relationship dedicated to expanding the domestic production of nitrile exam gloves. Both companies are based in Charlotte. 

    Why: There’s a significant shortage of exam gloves with demand exceeding production capacity by nearly 40%. This is due to global raw material scarcity, port closures and delays and increased glove usage due to increased hospitalization rates and vaccination efforts. 

    Where: Made in the USA. 

    The impact: At least 750 million domestically made nitrile exam gloves in the first year alone.

    What exactly is nitrile? Nitrile is a type of synthetic rubber that is considered an alternative to latex. Gloves made from nitrile are more durable and avoid any latex allergies.