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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:12 pm 

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May 2012 Asthma and Anaphylaxis Legislative Report Reveals Active Bipartisan Support for School Laws and Life-Saving Policies

n the month of May, Rhode Island passed legislation allowing schoolchildren to carry and self-administer their prescribed life-saving anaphylaxis medication at school and school-sponsored events - the 49th state to pass such a law. The state also added provisions in the legislation that protects students on school buses by allowing trained bus drivers to administer epinephrine in emergencies.

Earlier in the month, Virginia, Maryland and Louisiana joined the growing number of states that require schools to adopt policies for dealing with anaphylaxis emergencies, often including stocking emergency supplies of auto-injectable epinephrine, the medication recommended to stop anaphylaxis.

"It's great to see the momentum," said Prem Menon, MD, board-certified allergist with the Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Center in Baton Rouge, LA, and head of the Louisiana State division of AANMA's Anaphylaxis Community Experts volunteer program. "These laws are the work of many volunteers and dedicated legislators. Food allergy and bee sting anaphylaxis will happen each school year. The only way to save lives is to be prepared." ... 2012-06-01


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