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House Supports Bill by P. Wilson Expanding Availability of Epinephrine

HB 277 would have DH&SS adopt “epi-pen” and “ampule” training programs

Monday, April 05, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State House 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. Representatives 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 due to asthma. “In severe medical emergencies where there isn’t ready access, such as trips in the wilderness on which there might be an asthmatic child,” Wilson said, “this could spell out tragedy.”

“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 Senate for consideration.

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