On August 5, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill that makes several significant improvements to the availability of epinephrine across Illinois. Public Act 99-0711, the Epinephrine Auto-Injector Act, allows a healthcare practitioner to prescribe epinephrine auto-injectors (EAIs) in the name of an authorized entity where allergens capable of causing anaphylaxis may be present, so… Continue reading Illinois Expands Access to Stock Epinephrine
Earlier this month, the Illinois State Board of Education released data on the use of undesignated or “stock” epinephrine (i.e. epinephrine not prescribed for a specific child) in Illinois schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Illinois school districts, public schools, and nonpublic schools are allowed to maintain a supply of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors and have… Continue reading Illinois Releases Data on Epinephrine Use in Schools
FARE has continued its efforts to improve federal requirements regarding airline policies for passengers with food allergies. These efforts have focused on ensuring the appropriate labeling for use and accessibility of epinephrine on planes, including epinephrine auto-injectors; the consistency and accessibility of airline policies regarding food allergies; and the collection of data on incidents of… Continue reading FARE Continues to Push for Safer Air Travel
Two pre-teen children at center of case receive vindication The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has determined that a children’s theater program in Massachusetts violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), finding that it discriminated against a child with food allergies when it failed to make reasonable modifications for his safety and retaliated against the… Continue reading U.S. Department of Justice Finds Children’s Theater Program Violated Americans with Disabilities Act
FARE continues to advance efforts to expand the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) to include sesame as a major allergen. Last month, FARE worked with long-time food allergy champion U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), on a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf urging the Commissioner to respond with an assessment from… Continue reading Efforts Continue to Add Sesame as Top Allergen
By Mary Vargas It was days before Christmas this past December and we were at a café in London, hoping to enjoy our first international meal. We had already by-passed two other restaurants without any safe options for our peanut and tree nut allergic son to eat. We were jet-lagged and hungry. When I… Continue reading The U.K. Restaurant Food Allergy Trial – Implications in the U.S.
Earlier this month, in conjunction with Food Allergy Awareness Week and Food Allergy Action Month, FARE organized awareness days at statehouses in New York, California, Ohio and Illinois, traveling with nearly 100 members of the food allergy community to raise awareness of food allergies and to advocate for state legislation designed to improve the lives… Continue reading Advocacy Days at State Capitals Resonate, Create Awareness
With legislation allowing undesignated epinephrine in schools and public places continuing to have momentum throughout the country, FARE has created two toolkits to help families advocate for inclusion of stock epinephrine in their communities. Advocating for Undesignated Stock Epinephrine in Your School offers talking points, a frequently asked questions section and background on epinephrine in… Continue reading Making the Case for Stock Epinephrine in Your School and Community