Parents Back Bill to Let Fla. Schools Stock EpiPens

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tom Bohacek has an EpiPen at his Tampa preschool in case he accidentally eats a peanut product.

Not all Florida children are that lucky.

Thousands of kids with undiagnosed allergies to food and insect bites aren’t able to get a critical epinephrine injection if they have an allergic reaction at school. That’s because state law forbids school nurses from giving the injections to students who don’t have a prescription.

Florida parents are hoping the Legislature will pass a proposal allowing schools to have their own a supply of epinephrine injectors. School employees would be trained to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis and administer the shots when necessary, regardless of whether the child has already been diagnosed.

 

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