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EpiPen legislation heads to Governor McDonnell’s desk

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A bill that would require local school boards to put policies in place for administering emergency, auto-injectable epinephrine in cases of severe allergic reaction in students is heading to Governor Bob McDonnell’s desk for signature.

The House amended the so-called EpiPen Bill late last week and state senate lawmakers unanimously agreed to the changes Tuesday.

The legislation was filed in the wake of the death of a 7-year-old Chesterfield County student, who died after suffering an allergic reaction at school.

Under the proposed legislation, “The school nurse, a school board employee, or an authorized and trained volunteer may administer the epinephrine to any student believed to be having an anaphylactic reaction.”