CT EpiPen Legislation needs your help NOW or it will die in CT Senate

Posted on: Tue, 05/31/2005 - 4:19am
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Just got this email. HB6286 is in danger of dying in the Senate without even being voted on. The Session ends next week so time is of the essence.

If you live in CT, please write and call Senator Williams today and urge him to bring HB 6286 (Camps & EpiPens) to the Senate floor for a vote by the Senate. You can get the contact info for your own senator as follows: [url="http://www.cga.ct.gov/maps/Townlist.asp"]http://www.cga.ct.gov/maps/Townlist.asp[/url]

Senator Williams: [url="http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Williams.html"]http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Williams.html[/url]

Here is the actual bill. In summary, it extends good samaritan coverage to include epipens and would require
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Here's a quick summary of the bill:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE EMERGENCY USE OF CARTRIDGE INJECTORS.

SUMMARY:

The bill immunizes from civil liability, certain people who provide emergency assistance by using an automatic prefilled cartridge injector on someone who needs it. A "cartridge injector" is a prefilled, automatic device for delivering a standard dose of epinephrine for emergency first aid in response to allergic reactions. Under the bill, the person administering the injector is not liable to the person he assisted for any injuries that result from any acts or omissions in using the injector that constitute ordinary negligence. The immunity does not apply to acts or omissions that constitute gross, willful, or wanton negligence.

Under certain circumstances, the bill requires the owner or operator of a before- or after-school program, day camp, or daycare facility to select and supervise an identified staff member trained to administer medication with a cartridge injector to a child in attendance who has a medically diagnosed allergic condition that may require prompt treatment in order to protect him against serious harm or death. The staff member must (1) be trained to use a cartridge injector by a licensed physician, physician's assistant, advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), or registered nurse, or (2) complete a first aid course offered by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the National Ski Patrol, the Department of Public Health (DPH), or any director of health.

*House Amendment "A" extends the immunity to an identified staff member of a before- or after-school program, day camp, or daycare facility, trained to administer medication with a cartridge injector, eliminates the health commissioner's authority to adopt implementing regulations, and specifies that the definition of a before- or after-school program does not include a program that is licensed by DPH.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2005

If it is not brought to the floor for a vote this week or next Monday/Tuesday (i.e. before June 8th), then it will die.

A sample e-mail is as follows. You may use this or write your own.

Dear Senator Williams,

My name is ___________ and I am contacting you in regard to HB #6286, A Bill Concerning the Emergency Administration of Cartridge Injectors.

This bill will SAVE LIVES and it is imperative that you have it brought up for a vote by the Senate prior to the close of this session which, as you know, is rapidly approaching. The bill has passed unanimously in the House of Representatives and by three committees. In view of this strong show of support it would be extremely unfortunate if it were not brought to the Senate floor for a vote as soon as possible. An additional year without this legislation could mean a child

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