FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2015
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Governor Signs Bill Ensuring Access to Life-Saving Medications in Schools
Huff Legislation Safeguards California Students from Serious Allergic Reactions
SACRAMENTO: Legislation designed to protect schoolchildren from serious and sometimes fatal anaphylactic allergic attacks will become law in California after receiving the Governor’s signature of approval today. SB 738 is follow-up legislation from SB 1266, which Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) successfully authored and the governor signed into law last year. SB 1266 required public schools to stock epinephrine auto injectors on campus so critically important medicine can be administered quickly and safely if a student suffers from a serious anaphylactic allergy reaction during school hours.
Recent data from the California School Nurses Organization shows that many schools who are trying to implement SB 1266 have not been able to comply with the safety guidelines because they have been unable to obtain the necessary prescription from physicians, who cite liability concerns. Continue reading