- Published on Sunday, 03 November 2013 07:45
Fifteen states enacted laws in 2013 to enhance access to epinephrine for allergic emergencies, joining 11 others that already had them, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
While only four of the states require schools to have the medication on hand, all the laws allow schools to stock it without a prescription for an individual person — a legal hurdle in many places — and provide legal protection for staff members who administer it.
In July, the U.S. House passed legislation that would give states that come up with policies to make epinephrine available in schools special preference when they apply for asthma-related grants. The law could give states further incentive to pass such laws.