It has been three years since Iowa passed a law to allow Epi-Pens in schools.  Public and private schools are allowed under the law to maintain, in a secure location, a supply of Epi-Pens.  These could save a child’s life in an emergency allergic reaction situation.

Iowa was one of the last states to pass an Epi-Pen law, which allows a health care professional to prescribe them to schools and allows personnel to administer the pens for students with limited liability.  In many areas, EMS can get to the schools in a short amount of time if there is an emergency so many districts choose not to stock the drug.

In recent years, the price of Epi-Pens has sky rocketed from the main large pharmaceutical company that supplies Epi-Pens.  In Iowa, however, due to the way the law was written, it allows for more generic or other brands of the Epinephrine Auto-Injector.  Thus, the devices are more affordable for Iowa schools.