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Allergy Advocacy Association Goes Albany for Round 2 to Promote Generic Epinephrine Legislation and Broad Based, Safe Availability of Epinephrine

Teachers and First Responders should also be trained and equipped to administer epinephrine in an anaphylaxis emergency.

Brockport, NY – WEBWIRE

Based in and serving Monroe County New York, Allergy Advocacy Association will be in Albany, NY on May 15th  to promote awareness about food allergies and that broad based, safe availability of epinephrine is key to saving the lives. In addition to a booth in the Concourse of the Legislative Office Building, Association members and staff will be meeting with their local legislators to advocate for legislation in support of families with allergies.  Three of the bills to be promoted are:
Pharmacist Dispensing Generic Epinephrine (A1181, S3539) authorizes pharmacists to substitute an alternate epinephrine auto-injector containing the same active ingredients when:

  • The prescriber does not indicate that the prescription must be dispensed as written;
  • The alternate epinephrine auto-injector available would cost less, and
  • The patient consents.

This important bill addresses the effect of epinephrine’s cost volatility on food allergic families.  We’re again supporting this legislation this year because these families require multiple doses of this life-saving drug in many locations (home, school, work, and grandma’s house), affordability is key to maintain this network of epinephrine around their loved ones.
Teacher Training in Use Epinephrine Auto Injector (A0768) requires newly certified teachers to be trained and certified in the use of epinephrine auto-injectors within 3 months of date of hire. After their parents, children spend more time with teachers than any other adult. Those adults should be in a position to save a child’s life in an anaphylaxis emergency.
Gio’s Law,  (A3426, S484) requires that members of all emergency service providers be trained in the administration of emergency anaphylaxis treatment and carry emergency anaphylaxis treatment in their vehicles. Some towns in New York State already have implemented these requirements. This bill would ensure all first responders across the state can save lives during an anaphylaxis emergency.
Allergy Advocacy Association has been serving families dealing with food and other allergies in Monroe County since 2010.  Through a variety of activities including presentations, participation in health fares, legislative advocacy, and newsletters, information is provided to families in all areas of research, education, and legislative support to lead happy healthy lives with well managed allergies.

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