The North Carolina Pediatric Society, the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, applauds Gov. Pat Mc- Crory and state lawmakers for enacting as part of the fiscal year 2015 budget legislation a provision requiring schools to store epinephrine auto-injectors in case of emergency. The legislation also requires schools to develop an emergency action plan and train at least one employee to administer the treatment to any student believed to be suffering from anaphylaxis – a potentially fatal allergic reaction.
This requirement, a version of which was originally introduced in 2013 as Senate Bill 700 / House Bill 824 and passed by the House, makes North Carolina the 45th state to allow or mandate school epinephrine access through legislation or guidelines. While North Carolina students with prescriptions could previously carry and self-administer their own epinephrine, those with undiagnosed allergies did not have access until now, and school employees were not fully protected against liability for administering the medication.