Stock Epinephrine

In Minnesota, laws have been passed to allow non-patient-specific epinephrine to be obtained without a doctor's perscription. Specific entities are allowed to utilize this policy in order to be prepared for anaphylactic emergencies.

Who is allowed to stock non-patient-specific epinephrine?

Minnesota Schools are allowed to stock epinephrine under 2013 law.

Minnesota Camps, Colleges and Universities, and Preschools/Daycares are allowed to get non-patient-specific epinephrine under 2015 law.

What if my entity does not fall into the categories listed?

The Commissioner of the Department of Health can add to the categories listed, beginning on July 1st, 2016. If you wish to be added to the list, contact: Division Director's Office, Health Regulation Division; Minnesota Department of Health; P.O. Box 64900; St. Paul, MN 55164-0900.

Where can I obtain non-patient-specific epinephrine?

The injectors are available from pharmacies licensed by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy (Board) as wholesale drug distributors pursuant to Minn. Stat. section 151.47. Not all pharmacies are licensed as wholesalers. You can use the Board’s Licensee / Registrant Search to find pharmacies that are licensed as wholesalers. You can call also your local community or hospital pharmacy to inquire if they are licensed as wholesaler.

The Minnesota Pharmacy Association, the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, AFAA, and epinephrine manufacturers are working to inform pharmacies about the new law.

Why should entities stock non-patient-specific epinephrine?

Anaphylactic emergencies are never planned. Whether from an insect bite, or a first-time reaction to food (25% of reactions in schools are first-time reactions), or occurring in a remote location far from emergency medical services (e.g. camps, field trips, etc), seconds count when treating an allergic reaction. Stock epinephrine has saved lives, and it is sensible for entities to obtain and stock it.

What are my liabilities?

The use of an epinephrine auto-injector under this law is covered by the good Samaritan liability protections.

How do I obtain non-patient-specific epinephrine?

For schools, a representative such as a nurse coordinator may go to a wholesale pharmacy or obtain EpiPen epinephrine autoinjectors from Mylan or Auvi-Q autoinjectors from Sanofi. (​Auvi-Q is currently on recall) 

For Camps, Colleges and Universities, Preschools/Daycares: these entities must provide a certificate to a wholesale pharmacy proving completion of a training program. While a license is not required, an entity's designated employee must undergo training every two years.

Currently two organizations meet the requirements under the law to provide training: AFAA & the Red Cross. AFAA provides in-house/in-service training for groups of any size (cost varies by length of training desired by the entity and travel costs). The Red Cross has an short online training course.

How many epinephrine auto-injectors do I need?

There is no requirement for the number of epinephrine auto-injectors that an entity must obtain and have on-hand. This is strictly up to the entity.

Who pays for the epinephrine auto-injectors?

It is up to the entity to pay for the epinephrine auto-injectors.

What is included in AFAA training?

AFAA's Speakers' Bureau has provided training and presentations since 2002.  AFAA Speakers will tailor training presentations to the audience and the allotted time.  Topics to choose:
  • 504 & Individualized Health Plans;

  • 504 Team Composition;

  • Allergic Symptoms;

  • Classroom Allergen Management;

  • Cleaning Protocols;

  • Cross Reactivity;

  • Cross-Contact;

  • Definition of Food Allergies In Contrast to other medical conditions (E.G. Celiac Disease, Lactose Intolerance);

  • Emergency Management;

  • Epinephrine Autoinjector Training;

  • FALCPA;

  • Food Allergy Bullying;

  • Fpies and Eosinophilic Disorders;

  • Inclusiveness;

  • Kitchen Allergen Management;

  • Physiology of an Allergic Reaction;

  • Policy Development (school; local; state; federal);

  • Product Labeling;

  • Research Developments;

  • Recognition of Anaphylaxis;

  • Statistics;

  • Storage of Epinephrine;

  • Stress Management;

  • Testing;

  • USFDA Food Code

Contact AFAA to request an in-service training session or presentation to your group!

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

You may email AFAA or phone them at (651) 644-5937, or you may email Susan Winkelmann at the Minnesota Department of Health.