Pa. bill would allow care centers, colleges to use epi-pens

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state House of Representatives has passed legislation to expand the availability of auto-injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions.

House Bill 1351 would allow colleges, restaurants, day care centers, recreation camps, sports arenas and amusement parks to keep a supply of epi-pens.

The measure includes a Good Samaritan clause to protect staffers and employees from liability when they administer the medication.

The legislation is awaiting consideration in the state Senate.

A similar bill enacted last year allowed schools to have epi-pens. The sponsor of both measures, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), said more than 2,645 schools now keep epi-pens on hand.

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