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Roe & Hoyer Unite in Bipartisan Call for School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Pens

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Washington, December 8, 2011 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) introduced the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which incentivizes states to adopt policies that increase access to epinephrine as part of an effort to protect students who are at a high risk of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis. Roe and Hoyer released the following statements today urging passage of this important legislation.

ROE

“I am pleased to introduce the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act because it could save a life.  According to the Food and Allergy Initiative conducted by Northwestern University and Children’s Memorial Hospital, nearly six million children in the United States have food allergies. A systemic allergic reaction can kill within minutes.  To prevent a fatal outcome, we need to make epinephrine pens available in our schools for sudden emergencies. You can never be too careful when it comes to saving a life of a child. I want to thank Rep. Steny Hoyer for his support of this important bipartisan legislation introduced in the House.”

HOYER

“As the grandfather of a child with a severe food allergy, this is an issue very near and dear to my heart. This important legislation will encourage all schools and school personnel to be prepared in the event of an emergency allergic reaction and have the epinephrine pens on hand that can save a child’s life. When it comes to treating food allergies, preparation is the best medicine. I thank my colleague Rep. Phil Roe for all of his work on this bipartisan measure.”

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