EpiPen Bill Goes to Tennessee Governor

Apr 16, 2013

Credit allergysf.com

Legislation requiring at least two epinephrine auto-injectors in all Tennessee public and private schools is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The Senate unanimously approved the measure Monday before the House passed it 90-0.

The so-called EpiPen is a device designed to quickly treat serious allergic reactions. Under the proposal, a prescribing doctor or administering nurse would be protected from any injury to a child, unless there was "an intentional disregard for safety."

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, about 6 percent of children in the United States under age 3 have food allergies. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says roughly one in 13 kids under age 18 have at least one food allergy.