Premier and Honeywell will team up to increase the supply of exam gloves made in the U.S., the organizations announced Tuesday.
The group purchasing and consulting organization and the manufacturing conglomerate initially will produce 750 million nitrile gloves over a year. While the supply of most personal protective equipment has replenished since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical-grade exam gloves are still running short amidst global raw material scarcity, port closures and delays, and higher-than-average demand.
More than 80 health systems that work with Premier committed to purchase a fixed amount of Honeywell gloves for five years.
"Guided by data to prioritize greatest-need products at scale, our collaboration with Honeywell is another step forward in Premier's steadfast commitment to protect healthcare providers from shortages, drive supply chain innovation and increase domestic manufacturing of critical products," Premier CEO Michael Alkire said in prepared remarks.