AMA Says Kids Need Access to Allergy Meds at School

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The American Medical Association voted Monday to lobby for laws allowing severely allergic children to bring lifesaving medicine to school.

Many school districts have policies prohibiting children from bringing medicine to school and 18 states have similar bans, said Dr. Duane Cady, a member of the AMA's Board of Trustees.

When it comes to serious food allergies, denial of medicine at school can be a matter of life and death, according to a measure AMA delegates adopted at their annual policy meeting.

Dr. Mohammed Khan, a Buffalo, N.Y. physician, said his two children have severe allergies to foods including peanuts.

"The moment they entered the school system, you have no control" over getting them their medicine there, he said.

Khan said he had to hire a lawyer to fight one school district's policies