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The Kentucky School Boards Association Is Now Openly Fighting EpiPens, Spreading Misinformation

February 22nd, 2013 · 2 Comments

Wanna read something absurd that more than proves unions are fighting EpiPen legislation and are going so far as to have membership spew misleading talking points about costs?

Here you go:

Emily Vonder Meulen, 13, of Delhi, died within 15 minutes after eating a chicken sandwich in 2006 at a deli in Cincinnati. Somehow she came into contact with peanut residue, her parents Paul and Catrina Vonder Meulen said. That’s why they would like any place where people eat, be it restaurant or cafeteria, to have EpiPens. It would have saved their daughter’s life, the Vonder Meulen’s said. Places should have a stock of EpiPens just as many places have defibrillators, Paul Vonder Meulen said.

“She died right there in the mall outside the bathroom on the floor,” Paul Vonder Meulen said. “The emergency personnel showed up and administered epinephrine, but it was too late.”

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Schools, however, had mixed feelings about the bill. The cost of the EpiPens, usually between $200-$300 a piece, could provide a hardship to some school districts, particularly the larger ones that would have to buy two EpiPens for many schools, said Brad Hughes, spokesman of the Kentucky School Boards Association.

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Wuchner said Mylan Pharmaceutical, which markets and distributes the EpiPen, has a grant program where schools can apply for two free EpiPens. If that grant runs out, schools can set up through the local health departments bulk purchases of EpiPens to lower costs, Wuchner said.

The school board association hasn’t taken a position on the bill. The association might be able to support the bill if cost was the only concern, Hughes said.

Read it all.

We’ve already addressed the costs issue and proved them wrong.

But really, how bad can a school or educational association look on this?

The quotes you just read are first-class ignorance.

Tags: Corruption · Education · Health Care · Youth

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Monica // Feb 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    EpiPens are less than $100 on the retail market and, yes, the cost could come down through bulk purchases via the local health deparment.

    Once again, EpiPens are NEVER the wrong thing to use. Ever.

    Ever.

    Come on, General Assembly: pull the trigger. Save a life.

  • 2 jake // Feb 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    The School Boards Assoc. is pressuring Stumbo and Adkins to kill it in the House and are making outlandish claims.

    I hate going after unions and organizations that typically do good things but it’s a little ridiculous. They’re wasting time, money and lives.