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HB 277 Heads to Governor, Helping Those in Need of Emergency Epinephrine


Bill would have DH&SS adopt “epi-pen” and “ampule” training programs

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State Senate today unanimously passed House Bill 277, legislation requiring the Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services to approve programs to certify individuals to purchase and administer epinephrine, also known as Adrenalin. Representative Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, sponsored the bill.

HB 277 would require DH&SS to approve a set of existing training programs on administering epinephrine. HB 277 would also reduce the liability of the certified individual. It would allow certified individuals to obtain a prescription to carry the drug in first aid kits. Currently, physicians can write prescriptions only to patients who require epinephrine to combat serious allergic reactions, asthma, or anaphylactic shock. “In Alaska, we are often in wilderness situations where access to medical services is hours if not days away,” Wilson said. “This could spell tragedy for anyone who has a severe allergic reaction.”

“The passage of HB 277 would increase access to this life-saving medication, while maintaining and increasing available safety measures,” Wilson said. “It also reduces personal liability for acts of good faith.”

HB 277 now heads to the governor for signature.

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