Bill to increase availability of EpiPens passes Indiana House

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) has authored a bill to increase the availability of epinephrine for different entities across Indiana. Tuesday, the bill was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives and will now go to the Senate for further consideration and debate. 

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. It also sets requirements for certain individuals employed by an entity to fill, store and administer the EpiPen and provides civil immunity for both the administrator and the prescriber. 

“Once someone starts experiencing the symptoms of anaphylaxis, it can very quickly become life-threatening,” said Rep. Eberhart. “When literally every moment counts, an EpiPen can provide the best chance someone has at survival. This legislation makes it so that entities such as restaurants, sports associations and churches could have an EpiPen prescribed to them, and thus be prepared in the event of an emergency. If we can help save just one life, this bill will have fulfilled its purpose.”

According to the Indiana State Medical Association, there are approximately 82,000 episodes of anaphylaxis, a life threatening type of allergic reaction, in the United States each year. 

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

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