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EpiPen Shortage

EpiPen Shortage

Posted on 08/14/2018

There’s an EpiPen shortage underway. This is a product used to counter severe allergic reactions, including peanut and other food allergies.  It’s unclear exactly how long these manufacturing issues will last.  Those who rely on EpiPens still have options, however. 

The FDA points out that competing products are still widely available. The injection methods and epinephrine dosages may be different from the EpiPen, so it’s important to ask your doctor or pharmacist about the proper way to use a different device.

Edmonds school district employees are expected to follow the school board policy 8315- Accommodating Students with Life-Threatening Conditions

“Prior to attendance at school, each child with a life-threatening health condition shall present a medication or treatment order addressing the condition. A Life Threatening Health Condition means a condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order providing authority to a registered nurse and nursing plan are not in place. Following submission of the medication or treatment order, a nursing plan shall be developed.”

Please plan accordingly so that your student may be able to have a great start to the school year.