Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

New York State Epinephrine Bills Need Your Support!

Published July - 30 - 2014 Print This Post

Spread the news: Two pieces of critical legislation affecting schoolchildren with life-threatening allergies in New York State are on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk awaiting signature. You can help complete passage of these bills by contacting the governor and encouraging him to sign!

New York state assembly bill A9334B (same as Senate bill S07758) would allow students at risk for anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, to self-carry and use prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors in school.

Also, New York state assembly bill A07791A (same as senate bill S7262A) authorizes school nurses to stock emergency supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors at school and have school nurses or designated personnel administer to students experiencing anaphylaxis.

Both bills received broad bipartisan support in passing the New York assembly and senate earlier this year. Epinephrine is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, most commonly caused by allergy to food, insect venom or latex. If there’s a delay in administering epinephrine, the risk of fatality greatly increases.

If Gov. Cuomo signs the self-carry legislation into law, New York would become the 50th and final state protecting students’ rights to carry and self-administer prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors in school. All 50 states already protect students’ rights to carry prescribed bronchodilator inhalers.

This effort is 10 years in the making.

In 2004, Allergy & Asthma Network, working with stakeholder groups, supported federal legislation encouraging states to protect students’ rights to carry and use bronchodilator inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors in school. We embarked on a campaign to get similar laws passed in all 50 states.

With the 2014-15 school year fast approaching, Allergy & Asthma Network urges Gov. Cuomo to sign both pieces of legislation and join this national movement ensuring students’ safety at school.

Join us and help inspire change! If you live in New York, encourage Gov. Cuomo to sign both bills. Call his office at 518-474-8390 or visit www.governor.ny.us and click on “Contact.” Tell Gov. Cuomo these bills are a matter of life and death for 30,000+ students in New York. Add your voice and make a difference.

For more information, contact Kimberly Turner, director of government affairs, at kturner@aanma.org or 800.878.4403. Learn about stock epinephrine legislation across the country at www.aanma.org/advocacy/usanaphylaxis.