New York State Passes Bill to Allow School Bus Drivers to Administer Epinephrine
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The Senate passed the bill unanimously in late July and it will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo later this year for review. It is hoped the bill will become a law in the future. However, it's important that students with severe allergies carry and know how to administer epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPen, themselves.
“It's great news that the State Assembly has passed the bill and we thank Assemblyman Buchwald for his leadership on this issue,” said Jon Terry, founder of the Allergy Advocates Association, in the press release. “The Assemblyman’s bill covers a big loophole in student school bus transportation that we were greatly concerned about. We are hopeful the bill will be signed into law so that school bus drivers, who work for independent companies, will be able to administer EpiPens when children in their care suffer life-threatening allergic reactions.”