Thursday 22 February 2018

Pharmacies won't oppose mother's EpiPens campaign

14 year old Emma Sloan.
14 year old Emma Sloan.
Caroline Sloan, mother of peanut allergy sufferer Emma, who died before Christmas from an allergic reaction to peanuts, is starting a campaign to make epi pens more readily available. Picture:Arthur Carron

Conor Feehan and Alan O'Keefe

THE Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland will not object to a mother's campaign for wider availability of life-saving EpiPen injections to help people with potentially fatal food allergies.

Caroline Sloan, whose teenage daughter Emma died after suffering a fatal reaction to a restaurant's nut sauce, has launched a petition to free up access to the life-saving injection devices.

However, following legal advice, one pharmacy in Dublin has already told Ms Sloan it cannot allow her petition into its shop until the society and garda investigations into Emma's death are completed. The pharmacy controls a number of shops in the Dublin area.

It has made its decision despite assurances by the society that it has not made any directions to its members in relation to banning petitions.

Emma (14) died on a Dublin pavement from an allergic reaction to peanut sauce in a buffet restaurant just days before Christmas.

Her mother is now sending petitions to businesses all over the country as part of her campaign to allow EpiPens to be freely available in schools and restaurants.

She said she hoped her campaign would make injections available for use by restaurant staff and teachers who could use them to help counteract the potentially fatal effects of an allergic reaction to certain foods, such as nuts.

"Parents of those children should be given identity cards which would allow them to get an EpiPen in a pharmacy," said Ms Sloan.


She also said she wants all children with allergies that could be fatal to wear special medic alert bracelets.

Dublin Fire Brigade and the Restaurants Association of Ireland have rowed in behind Ms Sloan's campaign.

More than 7,000 people have signed the online petition since it was launched.


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