EpiPen http://wesa.fm en As Allergy Attacks Increase, PA Senate Considers Bill To Protect Students http://wesa.fm/post/allergy-attacks-increase-pa-senate-considers-bill-protect-students <p>About one in 13 children in the United States have a diagnosed food allergy, but according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, there are many who remain undiagnosed and unprotected against the risks of a sudden, severe reaction.</p><p>PA House Bill 803, which would allow schools to stock and administer epinephrine, is an attempt to protect children with undiagnosed allergies who have reactions at school. Epinephrine is the primary treatment for anaphylaxis, a serious and potentially fatal allergic reaction which can cause throat-swelling, a rash, and a drop in blood pressure.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 30813 at http://wesa.fm PA Senator Introduces EpiPen Bill http://wesa.fm/post/pa-senator-introduces-epipen-bill <p>A Pennsylvania senator is trying to make schools a little safer for children with life threatening allergies.</p><p>Pennsylvania Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny County) introduced legislation earlier this month that would require all Pennsylvania schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors, commonly known as EpiPens.</p><p>Senate Bill 898 is designed to help students going into anaphylactic shock after experiencing a potentially fatal allergic reaction.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:03:05 +0000 Michael Lynch 10322 at http://wesa.fm