A new bill that will make epi-pens available to...everyone - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

A new bill that will make epi-pens available to...everyone

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President Obama signed a bill into law today, November 13th that will help children with food allergies and asthma.      

It's called the 'school access to emergency epinephrine act', and it's intended to encourage schools across the nation to make a plan, in case of any severe allergic reaction.  And here's why this law is dear to his heart.

"This is something that will save children's' lives. Some people may know that Malia has a peanut allergy, she doesn't have asthma, but obviously, making sure that epi-pens are available in case of emergency in schools is something that every parent can understand," says the President.

The new law authorizes HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius to help states maintain an emergency supply of epinephrine, and permit trained school personnel to give the drug if necessary.        

Epinephrine is the only treatment for a life threatening allergic reaction, and allergists say the shot brings no long-term side effects, even if you're not sure the patient needs it.

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