Virginia has a law in place for using epinephrine in emergency situations.
Public schools; possession and administration of epinephrine. Requires local school boards to adopt and implement policies for the possession and administration of epinephrine in every school. The school nurse or a school board employee may administer the epinephrine to any student believed to be having an anaphylactic reaction. The bill also requires the Department of Health, in conjunction with the Department of Education and the Department of Health Professions to develop and implement policies for the recognition and treatment of anaphylaxis in the school setting.
Congratulations! Your state has passed stock-epinephrine laws or regulations that permit an emergency supply of epinephrine auto-injectors to be used in a school. However, our job is not done yet. Each law or regulation must be implemented or put into action by a board or an agency.
The agency or board will then issue administrative rules, guidelines or best practices explaining in detail how it intends to put the law into effect and what a mother, father, caregiver, physician, pharmacist or school nurse must do to comply with the law. AANMA is an active resource in these states assisting administrators in a seamless rollout of the stock-epinephrine laws.
Hope Luong of Loudoun County Public Schools
Ahmed Butt, MD and Andrew Kim, MD of Allergy & Asthma Center of Fairfax
Fredericksburg, VA and Lorton, VA
Glory Gill, RN, BSN of Hunter B. Andrews PK-8
Dimple Bassett, RN of Highland Springs High School
Highland Springs, VA
Charles Lane, MD of Allergy Partners of Lynchburg
Jillian Roth, RN of All Saints Catholic School
Leslie Baker, RN of Kiln Creek Elementary School
Newport News, VA
Joud Hajjar, MD
Dawn Philippi, RN of Fairfield Middle School
Anh Dai Nguyen, MD of Family Allergy & Asthma Associates
Stephen Shield, MD of Allergy Partners of Eastern Virginia
Sample ACE Team Activity:
Dr. Kim completed an anaphylaxis awareness presentation for 60 teachers and administrators at the Spotsylvania County School Administrator’s Building in Spotsylvania, VA.
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, LP.