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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 9, 2021 09:22 AM
From: Representative Robert Freeman
To: All House members
Subject: Emergency Epinephrine Administration
In the near future, I will introduce legislation to protect children living with food allergies by requiring schools to maintain a stock and utilize epinephrine auto injectors (“EpiPen”) in the event of life-threatening allergic reactions.
The number of children with reported food allergies has increased dramatically over the past two decades, with many unaware that they have a food allergy.  Allergic reactions include hives, a runny nose or abdominal pain, while others may develop anaphylaxis, a severe and sometimes life-threatening allergic reaction.  Allergic reactions can change from mild to fatal, quickly; therefore, prompt administration (within minutes of anaphylaxis symptoms) of epinephrine, typically an EpiPen, is crucial to successfully treating anaphylactic reactions.
My legislation would require Pennsylvania schools to maintain a supply of EpiPens in a safe and secure setting, and permits authorized personnel to administer the EpiPen to any student experiencing anaphylaxis.  Under this legislation, schools would obtain a physician’s prescription for a supply of EpiPens to be used in the event of life-threatening allergic reactions.
Studies show that 16%–18% of children with food allergies have had allergic reactions due to accidental ingestion of food allergens while in school, and up to 25% of anaphylaxis reactions in schools occur among students without a previous food allergy diagnosis.  EpiPens deliver medicine quickly and effectively, keeping airways open until emergency personnel arrive.  By requiring schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine, my legislation can save the life of a child experiencing anaphylaxis.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB1932