Eye On Boise

THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2014, 10:11 A.M.

Senate unanimously backs stocking Epi-Pens in schools for unexpected allergic reactions

The Idaho Senate has voted 35-0 in favor of SB 1327, legislation from Rep. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, to allow schools to stock Epi-Pens or similar items to use in case of unexpected allergic reactions among students or staff, without a specific prescription for the person involved. That's allowed in numerous states now, but Idaho law blocked it; the companies that manufacture Epi-Pen and other epinephrine auto-injectors are making the items available to schools for free. "I don't know why we shouldn't pass this legislation," Heider told the Senate. "It's free, it saves lives, it's beneficial to students in Idaho and there's no liability." The bill now moves to the House side.

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