Legislation aimed at saving lives signed into law

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Thursday, April 23, 2015

STATEHOUSE – Legislation authored by State Representative Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) to increase the availability of epinephrine for different entities across Indiana was signed into law by the governor.

House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1454 allows health care providers, 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 the entity to fill, store and administer the prescription.

“An allergic reaction can occur at any time,” said Rep. Eberhart. “Sometimes, an individual might forget to carry their EpiPen while others may not even know they have an allergy. This new law will allow businesses, sports associations and others to have an EpiPen on-hand in case of an emergency. By adding this extra layer of protection, we are working to save lives.”

Under this law, civil immunity is provided for both the administrator of the EpiPen as well as the prescriber.

HEA 1454 will go into effect on July 1, 2015. For more information, please visit iga.in.gov.

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