Councillor Edel Corrigan has submitted a motion to the Louth County Council monthly meeting to be held on Monday 20th January, calling on Louth County Council to request that HSE and Minister for Health James Reilly, ensure that legislation and codes of practice be put in place to ease the restrictions on the availability of Epinephrine auto injectors (commonly known as EpiPens) and other Anaphylaxis medicines and to make them available in public areas.
Following research on the subject done by Kenneth Flood, a Sinn Féin candidate for Drogheda in the upcoming Local Government Elections, Cllr Corrigan has said “With the knowledge that Anaphylaxis is on rise following a W.H.O. (World Health Organisation) survey in 2010, we need to make access to these potentially life saving medicines easier to prevent such tragic events like the death of 14 year old Emma Sloan, from Anaphylaxis, on O’Connell Street in Dublin, after her mother was refused an EpiPen by a pharmacist as she didn’t have Emma’s prescription with her.”
According to Kenneth Flood, “Epinephrine auto-injectors, the most well known of which are EpiPens, contain adrenaline and are the first line of emergency treatment for anaphylaxis, an extremely severe allergic reaction that can become fatal within minutes.”
Kenneth continued, “the USA, which is one of the most restrictive territories in the world when it comes to pharmaceutical availability, saw the need to make it easier to access epipens following the death of Ammaria Johnson, a 7-year-old girl from Virginia, after she ate a nut in the school playground. Now there is an availability of epipens nationally and they have introduced The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act which was signed into US Law on November 13th 2013.”
Cllr Edel Corrigan said “Just last month, Down District Council have committed to train staff on the use EpiPens to help people who could potentially suffer an allergic reaction while in public facilities following the proposal being put forward by one of our local councillors there. I would hope that Louth Local Authorities would commit to doing the same, so that there can be an added reassurance for people in the local area who are vulnerable to anaphylaxis.”
Speaking of her motion, she continued “I hope that fellow councillors on Louth County Council will support this motion as Legislation urgently needs to be put in place nationally to allow easier access to this potentially life saving medication, the current Government have the power to prevent another life being lost like Emma Sloan.”