EpiPen legislation heads to Governor McDonnell’s desk

Posted at 2:34 PM, Mar 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-07 14:36:56-05

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."