Urgent! California Epinephrine Legislation

January 8, 2016

Attention California Residents! We just learned that CA’s entity stock epinephrine bill (AB 1386) will be presented in front of two committees next week. We ask you to advocate on behalf of the bill.

If the bill is enacted, it will allow entities such as restaurants, museums, zoos, sports leagues, camps and other venues to stock non-patient specific epinephrine. Commonly called “entity legislation”, these bills would allow entities to store epinephrine on-site without a physician’s prescription and use it in the event of an emergency. Venues that wish to stock epinephrine will ensure staff is trained to identify and respond to life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. Entity legislation would help any individual who either experiences a first-time anaphylactic reaction or does not have their own epinephrine auto-injector device available.

Listed below are three ways to advocate for this bill:

1.      Provide a letter of support for AB 1386 (see attached for a sample) and email it ASAP to:

         a.       Gina Frisby, Capitol Director for Office of Assemblymember Low (bill sponsor) at Gina.Frisby@asm.ca.gov and Erin Levi, Mylan’s lobbyist at Levi@lobbycal.com. In addition, please copy ALAA to alert@latexallergyresources.org , so that we can be aware on the pro-epinephrine testimony.

2.      Attend the hearings and provide testimony. If you are able to attend, please let Sue Lockwood know ASAP, so that she can follow up and request that your name be placed on the testimony list. The hearings are scheduled for:

        a.       Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00am: Committee on Business and Professions,

        b.       Friday, January 15th at 9:00am: Judiciary Committee

3.      Promote this legislation to others in your community. The more voices heard, the better!! Share your letter on social media and encourage others to write a letter of support too.