Dr. Gershman Explains the Importance of New Food Allergy Law

New laws aim to save schoolchildren from deadly allergic reactions

Dr. Neil Gershman spoke with Palm Beach Post about a recent law passed in Florida for epinephrine auto-injector in schools.

In Florida, a new state law protects both public and private schools from liability and gives them permission to keep epinephrine pens on hand without a specific student’s name on the drug, said Boca Raton allergist Dr. Neil Gershman, who heads the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

It’s an important step forward, he said, but too few schools are aware of the law.

Palm Beach County School District’s policy hasn’t been updated since 2010.

“In another state, a kid died because an EpiPen didn’t have a name on it, and the nurse was afraid to give it,” Gershman said. “This kind of covers the backside of the nurses and school people to give epinephrine that doesn’t have a name on it to somebody.”

Read the full article here: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/news/2013/11/28/new-laws-aim-to-save/6792182007/