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News Advisory on stock supply of Epi-Pens for schools

2/14/2012
  • Drug Control Program
  • Board of Registration in Pharmacy

Advisory

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, through the Board of Registration in Pharmacy and the Drug Control Program, advises Massachusetts pharmacists and pharmacies that a prescriber may order and a pharmacy may sell stock supply of non-patient specific epinephrine by auto injector (EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injectors) for use at a Massachusetts public or private school for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

Epinephrine administered by auto-injectors is used for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis. Prescribers should ensure that the patient or caregiver understands the indications and use of this product. Prescribers and those who administer this medication should also be mindful of the labeled expiration date.

The Board of Registration in Pharmacy and the Drug Control Program strongly support all prescriber and pharmacy efforts to provide stock epinephrine in a pre-measured, auto injector device to Massachusetts public and private schools to facilitate emergency treatment of anaphylaxis reactions.

Additional information regarding epinephrine administration in Massachusetts schools can be obtained from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Community Health Access and Promotion, School Health Unit. Massachusetts regulations 105 CMR 210.000: The Administration of Prescription Medications in Public and Private Schools can be accessed below.

Additional information is also available on the Board of Registration in Pharmacy website and the Drug Control Program website.

Thank you for your attention.

Additional Resources for Advisory on stock supply of Epi-Pens for schools

Drug Control Program 

We promote access to safe and effective pharmaceutical care services in Massachusetts. We work to protect consumers against fraud, deception, and unsafe practices in the distribution, handling, and use of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Board of Registration in Pharmacy 

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