|Posted:||January 25, 2017 02:00 PM|
|From:||Senator Camera Bartolotta|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Access to Epinephrine Auto-Injectors|
|In the near future, I will introduce legislation permitting entities such as summer camps, colleges and universities, restaurants, amusement parks, sports arenas and daycare centers to store at their facilities non-patient specific epinephrine injectors that can be accessed in case of an allergy emergency. Current law only permits schools to receive these injectors without a patient-specific prescription.
With food allergies that can lead to a life-threatening allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, becoming a large and growing health problem, access to lifesaving medication is essential. Experts have estimated that 1 in 13 children in the United States have food allergies, and anaphylaxis to food allergies results in 90,000 emergency visits and approximately 1,500 deaths annually.
My legislation would not require any entities to have the product on the premises, but would permit them to have it on-hand for emergency situations. The entity must follow the protocol to maintain non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors. The protocol outlines the training to be provided, as well as the liability protection for the trained employees who administer the dose in a proper manner.
Please join me to co-sponsor this measure and join the 30 other states that have already enacted similar, lifesaving legislation. My proposal will mirror legislation sponsored by Representative Matt Baker.
Thank you for your consideration.
Introduced as SB478