An Act To Increase Access to and Reduce the Cost of Epinephrine Autoinjectors by Amending the Definition of "Epinephrine Autoinjector"
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, this Act expands the definition of "epinephrine autoinjector" to include devices approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration that deliver a specific dose of epinephrine by means other than automatic injection; and
Whereas, this Act provides more flexibility for entities, including, but not limited to, recreation camps, colleges, universities, day care facilities, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, restaurants and sports arenas, that purchase epinephrine for emergency purposes to consider lower-cost alternatives; and
Whereas, this Act, if it becomes effective prior to the expiration of the 90-day period, could provide financial relief to youth camps, recreational camps, municipal recreation programs and amusement parks before the upcoming summer season; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §254, sub-§5, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 531, §1, is amended to read:
(1) A student who self-administers an asthma inhaler or an epinephrine pen autoinjector must have the prior written approval of the student's primary health care provider and, if the student is a minor, the prior written approval of the student's parent or guardian.
(2) The student's parent or guardian must submit written verification to the school from the student's primary health care provider confirming that the student has the knowledge and the skills to safely possess and use an asthma inhaler or an epinephrine pen autoinjector in school.
(3) The school nurse shall evaluate the student's technique to ensure proper and effective use of an asthma inhaler or an epinephrine pen autoinjector in school.
Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §6305, sub-§1, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 526, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §2150-F, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 2015, c. 231, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 22 MRSA §2496, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2009, c. 211, Pt. A, §9, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 30-A MRSA §3108, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 588, §1, is amended to read:
§ 3108. Asthma inhalers and epinephrine pens autoinjectors
Municipal employees and volunteers that operate or assist in any municipal recreational program or camp may receive training on how to administer asthma inhalers and epinephrine pens autoinjectors as defined in Title 22, section 2150-F, subsection 3. Municipal employees and volunteers may possess and administer prescribed asthma inhalers and epinephrine pens autoinjectors in order to provide emergency aid.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.