Contact FAA about need for EpiPens on Airplanes

Posted on: Tue, 09/19/2000 - 3:05am
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Please send your comments by 9/21/00 to the FAA about the need for EpiPens and EpiPenJrs. on airplanes. I just found this on the Food Allergy Network site and have copied it below.

On May 24, 2000 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing that air carrier:

-Have at least one automatic external defibrillator (AED) on each flight.
-Require training for all flight attendants on AED usage and in CPR.
-Require training for all pilots on the location and instruction set of the AED.
-Enhance emergency medical kits to include additional medications and equipment.
-Require initial, familiarization training on enhanced emergency medical kit contents for all crew members.

The current airline medical kit contains a syringe and ampoule of epinephrine but not an autoinjector. The Food Allergy Network had requested that the FAA recommend inclusion of an epinephrine autoinjector as part of this enhanced medical kit. Even though the FAA did not recommend this course of action, they are accepting comments on the issue until September 21. You may want to write the FAA and urge them to recommend inclusion of an epinephrine autoinjector in the final version of this rulemaking.

Comments should be sent to:

U.S Department of Transportation Dockets
Docket No. FAA-2000-7119
400 Seventh Street, SW.
Room Plaza 401
Washington, DC 20590

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