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Cllr Quinn welcomes passing of Epipen motion at Council Meeting

13 May, 2015 - by Malachy Quinn

Sinn Féin Cllr Malachy Quinn has expressed his delight at the passing of his motion calling on the Minister for Health to ease the restrictions on the availability of Epinephrine auto injectors, commonly known as Epipens, at the May Council Meeting.

Cllr Quinn said:

 “Since December 14th 2014 there has been a requirement for food businesses to display the ingredients of products that may contain the 14 allergens which can cause intolerance, allergic reactions or in extreme cases anaphylactic shock. If left untreated anaphylactic shock can in some cases result in death.

The case of Emma Sloan in December 2013 highlighted the requirement to ease restrictions on availability of Epipens and the need for education on the administration of the treatment.  The young girl suffered a fatal anaphylactic shock in Dublin City when she couldn't get Epinephrine administered quickly enough.

With only two paediatric allergy specialists in the state and waiting times of up to 14 months for a routine appointment in Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin or Cork University Hospital, it is important that post diagnosis people can rely on better understanding and availability of Epipens.

The passing of this motion adds Fingal’s voice to the campaign to improve availability and education on this issue”

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