Dillon Mueller’s story is a horrific tragedy. The 18 year-old Wisconsinite perished in 2014 from an anaphylactic reaction caused by a bee sting despite never having been diagnosed with an allergy. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and encourage you to read about Dillon on the website his parents, Angel and George Mueller, established to memorialize him.
Because he was never diagnosed with an allergy, Dillon was never prescribed epinephrine, so there was no auto-injector on-hand to administer the only drug that might have saved his life.
In an effort to foster much needed change, the Muellers have started a petition urging the FDA to designate epinephrine an “Over the Counter” (OTC) drug, i.e. one that is readily available without a prescription. The premise of the petition is that more people would carry epinephrine if it was available without a prescription, and more people carrying would imply a greater chance of epinephrine being available when a victim suffering anaphylaxis isn’t carrying his own.
While we appreciate the Muellers’ efforts to help prevent others from suffering the same fate as Dillon’s, we believe this effort is misguided.
New Jerseyans, your immediate action is needed to ensure much needed legislation is passed.
New Jersey Assembly Bill A304, which mandates schools stock epinephrine for use in emergencies, is scheduled for a full Assembly vote TOMORROW, Thursday, May 22.
Please read the following bulletin from Lynda Mitchell of Kids with Food Allergies (KFA). Be sure to click the link to send your letter of support for stock epinephrine in all NJ schools, and please share this with your friends and family and ask them to participate as well.
Siddharth Mallick of Houston, TX – a fellow member of the No Nuts Moms Group – sent us the following petition he authored and asked us to post it. We love the sentiment, the way it gently makes reference to Malia Obama’s peanut allergy, and the way it capitalizes on the current momentum following the signing of the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act.
An excellent piece entitled: “What Should Airlines Do About Children With Peanut Allergies?” appeared in the New York Times “Motherlode: Adventures in Parenting” blog section yesterday.
The article by Abby Ellin makes the case for better accommodation of people with food allergies by the airlines. She details the experiences of two families, the Silvermans and Mandelbaums, both of which experienced humiliation at the hands of airline personnel. Our readers may find these anecdotes all too familiar.
The bill, sponsored by FARE and introduced by Rep Phil Roe (R-TN) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) as HR 2094, provides incentives to states to adopt laws requiring schools to stock emergency epinephrine auto-injectors which could be used when any student suffers an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a severe, sometimes fatal allergic reaction that can occur when an individual comes in contact with a food or is stung by an insect that they are allergic to.
You may have read our recent article reporting the demise of the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, urging you to contact your federal and state representatives to express your outrage. Jenelle Campbell did and decided to take matters into her own hands. She created a petition to members of Congress on Change.org, a social action site.
Despite 92 co-sponsors in the House and 38 in the Senate, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act – introduced in 2001 by Senator Dick Durban (D-TN) and Representative David Roe (R-TN) – has stalled in committee.
As you may know, only eight major food ingredients are covered under FALCPA, the act of congress that establishes rules for the disclosure of allergens on a product’s label. FALCPA has many deficiencies, among them the small number of allergens it covers.
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