Status of New York’s stock epinephrine legislation:
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Assembly Bill A07791A/Senate Bill S7262A into law on October 31, 2014. This new law authorizes schools to stock emergency supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors and allows school nurses or designated personnel to administer epinephrine to students experiencing anaphylaxis. New York becomes the 45th U.S. state to approve stock epinephrine legislation.
In addition, Governor Cuomo signed into law Assembly Bill A9334B/Senate Bill S7758, which ensures students’ rights to self-carry and administer prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors in school. New York becomes the 50th and final U.S. State to do so. New York students already have the right to self-carry prescribed asthma medications including bronchodilator inhalers.
Madeline Lillie, MD, PhD, MS of Buffalo Amherst Allergy Associates
Janice McPhee, RN of Ballston Spa Central School District
Ballston Spa, NY
Robert Mittman, MD
Patricia Smith, NP, AE-C
Colleen Foley, RN of Covert Avenue School
Theresa Bingemann, MD of Rochester General Health System and Cora Conklin
Rochester, NY and Henrietta, NY
Judy Hoffman, RN
Lisa Roth, MD of Roth Allergy Care
Rita Molloy, RN of Bay Shore UFSD
New York, NY
Howard Ritz, MPAS, PA-C of Allergy and Asthma Treatment Center
William Browne, RRT, AE-C
Maureen Mackenzie of John S. Hobart Elementary School
Mendy Thorsland, RN of Watkins Glen Elementary School
Watkins Glen, NY
Sample ACE Team Activity:
Colleen Foley, RN wrote a children’s story about allergies and how to treat students with allergies for students at Covert Ave School. The goal of the story was to help educate the students about allergies and how they should act around their friends and family members who have allergies.
Colleen Foley and her staff trained those Covert Ave School teachers with students who have life-threatening allergies on how to use an epinephrine auto-injector in case of an emergency.
Janice McPhee, RN presented “Saving Lives at School” School Nurses Train Staff to Respond to Anaphylactic Emergencies” to 100 school nurses during New York’s 2013 Annual School Nurse Orientation meeting.
Ms. Molloy, RN participated as a faculty member on the New York Regional Anaphylaxis Advisory Board at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC. The Advisory Board’s purpose was to identify regional perspectives on the challenges of anaphylaxis, uncover knowledge and practice gaps in the recognition of patients at risk for anaphylaxis, explore regional anaphylaxis guidelines and initiatives and how they have impacted the community, and identify strategies and tactics to raise anaphylaxis awareness among Health Care Providers and the lay public.
Anitha Shrikhande, MD and Jon Terry held an ACE presentation to the Seneca Waters Boy Scouts of America on June 12, 2013 to raise awareness about anaphylaxis risks at summer camps. Emphasis was placed on insect stings and food allergies.
Howard Ritz, PA facilitated an information seminar about anaphylaxis and its treatment for parents, teachers, school nurses, emergency first responders and others.
Jon Terry uploaded a summary about the ACE training “Epi Everywhere! Every Day!” to his organization’s website (Allergy Advocacy Association), commenting that the video is clear, concise and free of ‘doctor speak’.
Questions about state legislation, ACE activities or getting involved?
About Anaphylaxis Community Experts (ACEs):
Anaphylaxis Community Experts is a national, award-winning education, advocacy and outreach partnership program developed and hosted by AANMA and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, sponsored by Mylan Specialty L.P.