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Support the Airline Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (S. 1972)

Please sign our CHANGE.ORG petition in support of the Airline Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (S. 1972), legislation introduced by Senators Mark Kirk, Jeanne Shaheen, and Mark Warner.

S.1972 seeks to ensure that airline travel is safer for individuals with severe allergies to food or other allergens.  AAEEA directs the Federal Aviation Administration to require airlines to stock epinephrine auto-injectors (EAIs) so that these devices are available for the treatment of anaphylaxis, a systemic allergic reaction that can kill within minutes unless epinephrine is administered promptly.  The bill also directs the General Accounting Office to submit a report to Congress regarding airline policies with respect to food allergies and the extent to which these are transparent and easily accessed by airline passengers.

Fifteen million Americans have food allergies.  This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the United States.  Our association is pleased that many states have responded to a 2013 Federal law encouraging schools to “stock” EAIs for emergency treatment (including NYS).

According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. 

Results from a recent survey conducted by Mylan Specialty among more than 6,000 program participants during the 2013-2014 school year found that of 919 reported cases of anaphylaxis in the schools, more than one in 5 occurred in individuals without an established or known allergic trigger.  

In response to Federal legislation, in 2001, the FAA required that airlines install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on all flights for the treatment of cardiac emergencies and train flight attendants in their use.  S. 1972 would implement the same policy with respect to EAIs for the treatment of anaphylaxis.

S. 1972 is endorsed by Food Allergy Research and Education, the Association of Flight Attendants, and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.  We hope you will add your name as a co-sponsor of this important bill.

We remain committed to supporting improved access to life-saving epinephrine all across America.  The vision of the Allergy Advocacy Association is a clear and direct one:

“Not another life lost to anaphylaxis-not another life lost to ANY life-threatening allergies!”

Jon Terry, founder

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