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Section 3000-C Epinephrine auto-injector devices

Public Health (PBH)

1. Definitions. As used in this section:

  (a) "Eligible person or entity" means (i) an ambulance service or advanced life support first response service; a certified first responder, emergency medical technician, or advanced emergency medical technician, who is employed by or an enrolled member of any such service; (ii) a children's overnight camp as defined in subdivision one of section thirteen hundred ninety-two of this chapter, a summer day camp as defined in subdivision two of section thirteen hundred ninety-two of this chapter, a traveling summer day camp as defined in subdivision three of section thirteen hundred ninety-two of this chapter or a person employed by such a camp; (iii) a school district, board of cooperative educational services, county vocational education and extension board, charter school, and non-public elementary and secondary school in this state or any person employed by any such entity, or employed by a contractor of such an entity while performing services for the entity; or (iv) a sports, entertainment, amusement, education, government, day care or retail facility; an educational institution, youth organization or sports league; an establishment that serves food; or a person employed by such entity; and (v) any other person or entity designated or approved, or in a category designated or approved pursuant to regulations of the commissioner in consultation with other appropriate agencies.

  (b) "Epinephrine auto-injector device" means a single-use device used for the automatic injection of a premeasured dose of epinephrine into the human body for the purpose of emergency treatment of a person appearing to experience anaphylactic symptoms approved by the food and drug administration.

  (c) "Health care practitioner" means a health care practitioner licensed, certified, or authorized to practice under title eight of the education law who is authorized thereby to administer drugs, and who is acting within the scope of his or her practice.

  2. Possession and use. (a) Any eligible person or entity may purchase, acquire, possess and use epinephrine auto-injector devices for emergency treatment of a person appearing to experience anaphylactic symptoms, under this section.

  (b) An eligible person or entity shall designate one or more individuals who have completed the training required by paragraph (c) of this subdivision to be responsible for the storage, maintenance, control, and general oversight of the epinephrine auto-injectors acquired by the eligible person or entity.

  (c) No one may use an epinephrine auto-injector device on behalf of an eligible person or entity unless he or she has successfully completed a training course in the use of epinephrine auto-injector devices conducted by a nationally recognized organization experienced in training laypersons in emergency health treatment or by an entity or individual approved by the commissioner, or is directed in a specific instance to use an epinephrine auto-injector device by a health care practitioner. The training required by this paragraph shall include (i) how to recognize signs and symptoms of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis; (ii) recommended dosage for adults and children; (iii) standards and procedures for the storage and administration of an epinephrine auto-injector; and (iv) emergency follow-up procedures.

  (d) This section does not prohibit the use of an epinephrine auto-injector device (i) by a health care practitioner or (ii) by a person acting pursuant to a lawful patient-specific prescription.

  (e) Every eligible person and entity authorized to possess and use epinephrine auto-injector devices pursuant to this section shall use, maintain and dispose of such devices pursuant to regulations of the department.

  (f) Nothing in this section shall require any eligible person or entity to acquire, possess, store, make available, or administer an epinephrine auto-injector.

  3. Prescriptions. (a) A health care practitioner who is authorized to prescribe drugs may prescribe, dispense or provide an epinephrine auto-injector device to or for an eligible person or entity by a non-patient-specific prescription.

  (b) A pharmacist may dispense an epinephrine auto-injector pursuant to a non-patient-specific prescription under this subdivision.

  (c) This subdivision does not limit any other authority a health care practitioner or pharmacist has to prescribe, dispense, provide or administer an epinephrine auto-injector device.

  4. Application of other laws. (a) Use of an epinephrine auto-injector device pursuant to this section shall be considered first aid or emergency treatment for the purpose of any statute relating to liability.

  (b) Purchase, acquisition, possession or use of an epinephrine auto-injector device pursuant to this section shall not constitute the unlawful practice of a profession or other violation under title eight of the education law or article thirty-three of this chapter.

  (c) Any person otherwise authorized to sell or provide an epinephrine auto-injector device may sell or provide it to a person or entity authorized to possess it pursuant to this section.