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July 3, 1995


I am transmitting to the Secretary of State, without my signature, 95-H-6898, Substitute A/2, "An Act Relating to the Health and Safety of School Children - Allergic Emergencies."

This legislation requires the Departments of Health and Elementary and Secondary Education to promulgate policies, rules and regulations to provide for the health and safety of children identified as prone to anaphylaxis. These policies, rules and regulations are required to contain a procedure authorizing school departments to administer EpiPen, a brand name drug, to a child in an allergic emergency. The legislation would also provide a limited immunity from civil damages to school personnel as a result of acts or omissions arising out of the use of EpiPen.

I support the goals of this legislation but write to express my concern at the use of a particular brand name in our general laws, even where no other brand yet exists. The use of a generic name-such as "Epinephrine auto-injectors" is more appropriate and would allow substitutes for EpiPen if and when those substitutes are developed. The sponsor of this bill has been notified of my objection and has indicated that she intends to amend this legislation to substitute a generic name for EpiPen at the next session.

With this assurance, I have allowed this bill to become law without my signature.


Lincoln Almond