INDIANAPOLIS- A proposal sponsored by State Senator Jean Breaux (D- Indianapolis) regarding auto-injectable epinephrine passed the Senate Health Care and Provider Services committee.

“This can be a matter of life and death in some instances,” said Sen. Breaux. “We are trying to help people access the medicine they need in a timely fashion.”

Under House Bill 1451, a health care provider with prescriptive authority would be allowed prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine, the liquid medication used in what is known as “epipens”,  to a business or government office so that the medication could be housed on-location for patients in need.

“Individuals that require epinephrine would have improved access to their injections by having them at their place of employment,” said Sen. Breaux. “This would reduce the number of people who are unable to obtain their medication in time.”

The proposal would provide civil immunity for a certain entity’s employees in the administering the drug, as well as the training for employees in the administration of auto-injectable epinephrine.

HB 1454 passed the committee unanimously and will now move to the floor to be considered by the full Senate.

Sen. Breaux represents Indiana Senate District 34 which includes the near eastside of Indianapolis including portions of Center, Washington, Lawrence and Warren Townships. For more information on Sen. Breaux’s legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S34.

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