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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 6, 2013 04:45 PM
From: Senator Matt Smith
To: All Senate members
Subject: Emergency Epi-Pens For Public And Private Schools
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that will require public, private and parochial schools to stock and utilize emergency epinephrine auto injectors or epi-pens, to address life-threatening allergic reactions and permits authorized personnel to administer the epi-pen to any student suffering from anaphylaxis. Under this legislation, a school would obtain a physician’s prescription for a supply of epi-pens that will be maintained in the school in a safe and secure setting.

This legislation is particularly vital given the data strongly suggesting that up to 25% of all epi-pen administration occurs in a school setting where the student’s risk for anaphylaxis was unknown at the time of the event. In addition, use of epinephrine within minutes of a student’s food allergy exposure can literally save a child’s life by opening his or her airways until emergency personnel arrive.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation. If you have questions regarding this legislation please contact Tim Golding of my staff at 717-787-5839 or tgolding@pasenate.com.

Introduced as SB898