Schools allowed to keep spare allergy pens under new law

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Schools allowed to keep spare allergy pens under new law
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All schools in the UK will be allowed to buy spare adrenaline auto-injectors for use
on children with serious allergies in emergencies, following a change in the law.
“We hope that many schools will take advantage of the new law – we have already had a number of enquiries
and we look forward to being part of the campaign going forward to encourage schools to participate.”
From 1 October, all primary and secondary schools will be able to order extra adrenaline auto-injectors,
such as EpiPen, Jext or Emerade, from pharmacies, and store them for use in emergencies.
Carla Jones, chief executive of Allergy UK, said the change in regulations meant parents
could feel more confident about their children’s safety during school time.
Parents of children with severe allergies who have been prescribed adrenaline auto-injectors will have increased peace of mind through these changes.”
The spare devices can only be used on pupils at risk of anaphylaxis – a life-threatening
allergic reaction – where consent from doctors and parents has already been obtained.
The Department of Health has issued new guidance for schools on how to use adrenaline auto-injectors.

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