Lamakers Look to Increase Access to Allergy Medicine in Schools

4:57 PM, May 2, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Lawmakers hope a new piece of legislation will help provide relief in some emergency situations by allowing schools to carry Epinephrine Auto-Injectors, commonly known as "EpiPens."

Right now, lawmakers says a family can provide an EpiPen to treat extreme allergic reactions, but if something happens and that device is not available the ability to respond immediately is gone.

Representative Joshua Putnam says this legislation will allow school districts or governing bodies in the case of private schools, to carry those EpiPens.

He says the bill is not a mandate, and does not force districts to do carry the medication, but it clears the way for them if they like the idea.

Putnam who says his sister suffers for an extreme allergy, says the medication can be lifesaving.

"It's a life threatening condition and if you've ever seen a child that's experiencing one of these it's something that you can't do anything other than give them a pen, just to get them to a hospital or an ER," said Putnam.

The bill has already cleared the house and is now making its way through the senate.

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