The EpiPen4Schools® program, from Mylan Specialty, offers four (4) FREE EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injectors to qualifying public and private kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools in the U.S. during 2014*. Requirements to qualify for this offer include having a valid prescription.
The products are available in the form of two EpiPen 2-Pak® cartons, two EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons or one 2-Pak of each kind. Each EpiPen 2-Pak contains two single auto-injectors, instructions for use and a training device, with no drug product or needle, to become familiar with the administration technique. The expiry of an EpiPen is approximately one (1) year.
Participating in the EpiPens 4 School Program
- Go to http://www.epipen4schools.com/Participate.aspx
- Download the order application form and follow the steps to complete your order. NOTE: Customers placing an order for free product can request one free storage unit per school to store the EpiPen 2-Pak® and/or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons.
- Fax the completed order form with a copy of a valid prescription or standing order (form available at the above URL), along with the certification form, to BioRidge Pharma, attn: Kristina Paich at 973-718-4328 or scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After completing the steps above, BioRidge Pharma will find a pharmacy near your school that is able to fill the prescription and forward a copy of your valid prescription to the pharmacy. All orders will be shipped directly to your school.
For additional information or if you have any questions, contact Bioridge Pharma Customer Service at 973-845-7600.
*The decision to offer this program in future years is made annually in the fall by Mylan Specialty. Check the website (http://www.epipen4schools.com) for updates.
The REMC SAVE Bid Project will gather information from districts, during May 2014, to determine their need to purchase additional EpiPens beyond the EpiPens 4 Schools program. The Project will move forward to aggregate demand statewide for these devices if the districts indicate substantial need.
Michigan EpiPen Legislation Overview
Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year a school board is required to:
- Develop and implement policies concerning epi-pens, to be consistent with Michigan Department of Education revised medication administration guidelines (to be released).
- Provide for at least two (2) epi-pens to be kept in each school building.
- Ensure that each school building has employees trained in the appropriate use and administration of an epi-pen. (A school with an instructional and administrative staff of 10 or more must have at least 2 employees who have been trained. A school with less than 10 such staff is required to have at least 1 trained person.)
Under the new law, a school employee who is trained in the administration of an epi-pen may administer an epi-pen, on school grounds, to an individual who is believed to be suffering an anaphylactic reaction. Most significantly, this now includes persons who have not previously been diagnosed with a food allergy. A trained school employee who administers an epi-pen is immune from civil and criminal liability, as are the school district and school board.
The Legislature has recognized that there are financial implications for a school district in meeting its responsibilities under the new law. In order to recover its costs, a school district is required to first attempt to obtain funding from other undefined sources, including private sources. If the school district is unable to obtain this alternative funding for all or part of its costs, reimbursement is to be made by the Michigan Department of Education.
This information was compiled by the REMC Association of Michigan (REMCAM) and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA).