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AAEM-Sponsored School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act Signed into Law

Posted Friday, November 15th, 2013

AAEM is proud to announce that the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (H.R. 2094) has unanimously passed in Congress and was signed into law by the president on November 13, 2013. The bill was sponsored by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Phil Roe, MD (R-TN).

The bill encourages states to adopt policies that increase access to epinephrine in schools to protect students who are at risk of fatal anaphylaxis, a systemic allergic reaction.

AAEM president, William T. Durkin, Jr., MD MBA FAAEM, noted the importance of this bill,

“As emergency physicians, we understand that prompt action is imperative in the situation of anaphylaxis. The bill allows for a potentially life saving treatment to be administered immediately onsite rather than wait for EMS personnel to arrive on scene. At times, the extra time lost can make a difference between life and death. The Academy is pleased to have been a sponsor of this bill that will truly make a difference in the health and well being of the public.”

A press release from Rep Steny Hoyer's office noted:

"The law, introduced by Whip Hoyer and Dr. Roe, encourages states to adopt policies that increase access to epinephrine in schools to protect students who are at risk of fatal anaphylaxis, a systemic allergic reaction. It does so by creating an incentive for states to stock epinephrine injectors and permit trained school personnel to administer epinephrine to students believed to be having an anaphylactic reaction. The bill also requires states to review their own civil liability protection laws to determine whether those laws provide adequate protection to trained school personnel who aid students in an emergency. Whip Hoyer and Rep. Roe introduced a similar bill during the 112th Congress."