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Food Allergy Awareness Reaches President’s Desk

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a bill that gives a financial incentive to states to stockpile emergency medications in schools that could save lives in the cases of allergic reactions.

The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies have helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile epinephrine.

Epinephrine is considered the first-line treatment for people with severe allergies. The medication is administered by injection through preloaded EpiPens or similar devices.

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