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Governor Signs SB453, Helps Those Who Suffer From Food, Other Allergies

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From the Nevada Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Alliance:

A bill that would provide a valuable resource for students who suffer from bee sting, food and other potentially fatal allergies was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval.

Senate Bill 453 allows school nurses and other designated school employees to administer auto-injectable epinephrine to students who are experiencing anaphylaxis. Current law allows the student to self-administer epinephrine. The bill also requires schools to keep doses of epinephrine on hand for just such a situation.

There wasn't any opposition to SB453 in committee hearings, and the bill passed unanimously out of both houses. It takes effect July 1, 2013 but school districts are expected to implement its provisions beginning January 1, 2014.

"We're ecstatic this has been signed into law," said Caroline Moassessi, spokesperson for the Nevada Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Alliance. "We're so grateful to Senator Debbie Smith for being our champion in the Legislature and all the other stakeholders who came together to support this effort."

Stakeholders included school districts, school nurses, school boards, school administrators and the Board of Pharmacy, among others.

Currently, Nevada joins several states which have passed laws, policy or regulations similar to SB453 - Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Illinois, etc. Over two dozen other states have legislation they're considering.

Anaphylaxis is a potentially life threatening event that can occur with very little warning.

"Anaphylaxis can occur in children with no history of allergies," added Moassessi. "Having a ready supply of epinephrine on hand and trained personnel to administer it when necessary can save a child's life."

From the Nevada Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Alliance

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