Wednesday, April 13, 2016 09:00 AM


A bill to allow epinephrine auto-injectors to be available in public spaces just became law in Tennessee. The legislation was approved unanimously by the House of Representatives and Senate and has been signed by Governor Bill Haslam.Along with making epinephrine auto-injectors available in public spaces that attract groups of people and where exposure to allergens could pose a risk to those who know they have allergies and those who are unaware that they may be at risk for anaphylaxis (a severe, sometimes life-threatening, allergic reaction) has become law in Tennessee the legislation authorizes trained individuals as well as others acting under the supervision of a physician to provide or administer an epinephrine auto-injector under certain circumstances, which would allow organizations such as scout troops, daycares, colleges and universities, restaurants, sports arenas, and other business entities to obtain a prescription and have the life-saving medication on hand for use in an emergency.The bill also protects those who prescribe, dispense, and administer epinephrine auto-injectors under the provisions of the bill civil liability. It does not, however, protect against gross negligence, and entities that choose not to have auto-injectors available are protected from civil liability as part of the legislation.It is estimated that ...

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