How to get hold of the emergency adrenaline auto-injectors for 1st October
From the 1st of October the new legislation comes into force to allow schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors for emergency use in known anaphylactic children. The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017 were published on 5 July 2017 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/id/uksi/2017/715.) and state that schools will be allowed to store spare adrenaline auto-injectors, without a named individual prescription, for use in emergencies. Legislation.gov.uk have released a statement that sets out how schools can purchase auto-injectors in order to equip themselves for an emergency.
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How do you get hold of your emergency adrenaline auto injector (and asthma pump)?
Schools, or a person carrying on the business of a school trained to administer the relevant medicine can now buy a spare salbutamol inhaler or an adrenaline auto-injector from a Pharmacy where administration is to a pupil at that school who is known to be at risk of anaphylaxis or asthma; and where the pupil requires the medicinal product in an emergency.
(2017) The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017, Available at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/715/regulation/8/made
The new legislation will be in force from the 1st October 2017 enabling emergency adrenaline auto-injectors to be available in schools (similar to the arrangement currently in place for asthma inhalers). Allergy UK have a new and helpful website for parents, pupils and school staff explaining more about this new system and offering loads of helpful advice to people wanting more information about allergy and anaphylaxis.
The new auto-injectors are for children who are known to have a history of anaphylaxis and have already been prescribed an auto-injector. These spare auto-injectors are for emergency treatment when their device is unavailable; because it is out of date, not immediately to hand, faulty… or they require an additional dose following the administration of their own auto-injector. This new legislation allows school staff to administer an emergency AAI to any child who has been assessed as being at risk of anaphylaxis. The legislation is not compulsory for schools.
Schools in the UK can now buy auto-injectors from pharmacies without a prescription and to keep these as spare adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for emergency use. AAIs deliver a potentially life-saving dose of adrenaline in the event of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
To read the full article on the new auto-injector legislation click here
To read about allergic reaction and how to treat and prevent it click here
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