FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2013
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CA Physicians Urge Governor to Sign Huff Legislation
Leading Experts in Allergy Medicine Back SB 669
SACRAMENTO: Three premier allergy physicians are strongly urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign SB 669, which provides new hope to children and adults who suffer from life-threatening allergies. Authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), SB 669 would allow California to join a growing group of states that provide training in the proper use of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors – otherwise known as EpiPens – by making these auto-injectors available by prescription to individuals who have successfully completed specified training and certification.
The proposed legislation, which passed on the final week of legislative session, has gained the backing of Dr. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, one of the nation’s leading allergy physicians who leads translational research and clinical studies at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and directs the Nadeau Laboratory at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
“…the bill would allow for a process where volunteers such as Scout leaders and Little League coaches may be certified to carry an epinephrine auto injector (EAI) and administer as needed,” Dr. Nadeau writes in a letter to Governor Brown. “Allowing volunteers, particularly those that work with children, to be prepared for an allergic emergency makes good medical sense.”
The Huff measure has also gained the backing of Travis A. Miller, M.D. and Bradley E. Chipps, M.D., who run the Capital Allergy and Respiratory Disease Center in Sacramento. In a letter where both urge Governor Brown to sign SB 669, they note that food allergies affect over 15 million people in the United States and account for hundreds, if not thousands, of food allergy related deaths.
“The need for this legislation has been increasing as the incidence of Food Allergy and all allergic diseases increases in our population,” Dr. Miller and Dr. Chipps write in a letter to Governor Brown. “Not all patients with anaphylactic reactions have immediate access to epinephrine and this bill (SB 669) will likely help prevent anaphylactic deaths from occurring.”
Senator Huff, who guided SB 669 through a series of policy hearings in the State Senate and the State Assembly during the now concluded legislative session, is grateful for the support.
“These are the physicians and specialists who prescribe epinephrine auto-injectors to children and adults who suffer from potentially fatal food allergies,” said Senator Huff. “They study this field. They study the medications that can control it. Nobody understands this issue better than they do.”
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.