Making EpiPens Publicly Available for Allergic Reactions

I recently learned that our school district now has stock Epipens in all buildings. The rationale for this was in the event of a sheltering-in situation, additional emergency medications for food and insect allergic reactions may need to be available. I am unclear what happens when these medications expire. Where is the funding for extra Epipens going to come from, and who is keeping track of expiration dates?

Our school buildings already have defibrillators. "A Dangerous Allergy to Change", by Gillian Tett in FT magazine talks about the Good Samaritan Law leading to installation of defibrillators and questions why Epipens are not treated in the same manner.

The Virginia senate has sent an Epipen bill to the governor for signature following the death of an elementary student allergic to peanuts. Are we heading to nationwide availability of stock epinephrine in our schools, parks and other public places? It certainly makes sense from a health perspective, but I understand the concerns when it comes to cost and tracking of expired meds.

Does your school stock epinephrine? Would you be more apt to travel to places, say Disney, if you knew there was epinephrine readily available in the event of an anaphylactic emergency?

1 comment:

Colette said...

There is just no good reason not to stock it wherever there is a first aid kit.