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30 PERCENT THINNER - Breakthrough Non-Latex Surgical Glove Now Available In EMEA

GAMMEX® Non-Latex Accelerator-Free Sensitive Glove with Sensoprene® Formulation First to Deliver Both Sensitivity and Strength

Brussels, November 14, 2012 — Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, today announced the European launch of its latest innovation in hand protection: GAMMEX® Non-Latex Accelerator-Free Sensitive with SENSOPRENE® formulation, a surgical glove 30 % thinner than standard non-latex gloves. The SENSOPRENE® formulation makes GAMMEX® the most complete non-latex and accelerator-free solution on the market, combining superior sensitivity, glove strength and grip with advanced allergy protection for healthcare staff.

Allergic reactions to latex proteins and chemical accelerators in gloves are a significant and costly issue in the healthcare setting. While an increasing number of European hospitals are switching to non-latex gloves to reduce reactions to latex (type I allergies), clinical evidence shows there has been a steady increase in chemical allergic reactions (type IV allergies). This is due to a hypersensitivity known as contact dermatitis from regular exposure to chemicals added to gloves during manufacturing. The growing impact of chemical allergies is clear - of the total healthcare worker population, 33% of glove-related reactions are chemical allergies while 17% are latex allergies 1,2 making chemical allergies a significant occupational hazard. Additionally, non-latex gloves are in use at the expense of sensitivity and comfort due to glove thickness, affecting e.g. surgeons’ performance.

Ansell has effectively solved all of these issues with GAMMEX® Non-Latex Accelerator-Free Sensitive with new SENSOPRENE® formulation, resulting in a non-latex sensitive surgical glove that is up to 30% thinner than standard non-latex gloves. This unique level of sensitivity is delivered without compromise on the superior strength, resistance and grip, consistent with Ansell’s range of surgical glove solutions.

New Technology for Performance and Protection in the Perioperative Environment

Part of a long line of innovation in hand protection from Ansell, the new non-latex product is an accelerator-free glove of unprecedented comfort and sensitivity, offering protection for any allergic profile and surgical need. Still, Ansell’s GAMMEX® non-latex solutions go one step further to offer allergy protection, even against additional causes of skin reactions with a casein-free and cpc*-free formulation.

For more information on the GAMMEX® Non-Latex Accelerator-Free Sensitive surgical glove with SENSOPRENE® and the complete GAMMEX® range, visit


1 Filon FL, Bosco A, Fiorito A, Negro C, Barbina P. Latex symptoms and sensitisation in health care workers. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2001;74:219-223.

2 Types of eczema: hand dermatitis. EczemaNet Web site. Updated December 7, 2006. Accessed Sept. 17, 2012.

*cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), a known skin irritant

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About Gammex

The full line of customized GAMMEX® non-latex products for best-in-class hand protection:

  • New GAMMEX® Non-Latex Accelerator-Free Sensitive with Sensoprene® - A complete solution: The new non-latex, accelerator-free glove with Sensoprene® formulation delivers unprecedented comfort and advanced allergy protection for healthcare workers.

  • GAMMEX® PF DermaPrene® - A non-latex, accelerator-free glove for protection against type IV allergies

  • GAMMEX® PF IsoDerm® - A non-latex, dpg**-free glove perfect for general surgery

  • GAMMEX® PF IsoDerm® Sensitive - A thinner, non-latex, dpg-free glove for delicate procedures in ophthalmic, plastic, neurologic, cardiovascular, and reconstructive surgeries

  • GAMMEX® PF IsoDerm® Underglove - A non-latex, dpg-free underglove to offer optimal protection

** diphenylguanidine

About Ansell

Ansell is a world leader in providing superior health and safety protection solutions that enhance human well being. With operations in North America, Latin America/Caribbean, EMEA and Asia, Ansell employs more than 10,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the personal protective equipment and medical gloves market, as well as in the sexual health and well being category worldwide. Ansell operates in four main business segments: Medical Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Specialty Markets and Sexual Wellness.

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