Bill establishing guidelines to better protect against anaphylaxis passes the Senate

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) authored a bill to increase the availability of epinephrine for different entities across Indiana. Tuesday, the bill passed unanimously out of the Senate and will now be sent to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

House Bill (HB) 1454 will allow a health care provider, with prescriptive authority, to prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine to a business, association, government entity or an entity’s branch office.

“This legislation is an extension of the work we did last session to allow schools and universities to obtain an EpiPen,” said Rep. Eberhart. “It essentially broadens the definition of who can obtain a prescription and allows prescribers to dispense auto-injectable epinephrine to a non-individual.”

HB 1454 establishes requirements as to who can administer epinephrine and states that an employee or agent must receive training. The training must come from a healthcare provider who has certification from the state and include instruction on the identification of anaphylaxis symptoms and proper administration of an EpiPen. The legislation also provides civil immunity for both the administrator and the prescriber.

“In the U.S., food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis outside the hospital setting, and new food allergies can develop at any time. By allowing entities such as restaurants to carry an EpiPen, I truly think this bill can save lives,” said Rep. Eberhart.

For more information on HB 1454, please visit iga.in.gov.

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