State Rep. Sprague Applauds Passage Of Bill To Expand Epinephrine Access
Legislation Would Permit Restaurants, Amusement Parks, Sports Facilities and others to stock epi-pens

State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) applauded the passage of House Bill 200, which expands the list of facilities that are able to obtain non-patient specific epinephrine. Epinephrine can treat anaphylactic shock. Such places included in the legislation are restaurants, colleges and universities, amusement parks, sports facilities, child care facilities and other locations.

“It’s important to get this medication into as many hands as possible, in case someone has an anaphylactic reaction,” said Representative Sprague. 

House Bill 200 will allow facilities to stock epinephrine, which can save the life of an individual that has an emergency allergic reaction. The legislation states that any entity choosing to stock epinephrine auto-injectors must follow physician guidelines. Additionally, the bill provides liability protection for employees who are trained to administer the epinephrine.

During the last General Assembly, the Ohio House passed similar legislation. The previously passed bill allowed schools and youth camps to acquire epi-pens for emergency situations. In one Akron school district, two students’ lives have already been saved; the school was able to have epinephrine ready to administer.

House Bill 200 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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