Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (551, 552)

Gerry Adams

Ceist:

551. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health if he will consider introducing a scheme to train volunteers in the use of epi-pens as first responders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11992/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Gerry Adams

Ceist:

552. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health if he will introduce legislation to allow epi-pens to be stored in schools, workplaces and public spaces, similar to the defibrillator scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11993/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 551 and 552 together.

Adrenaline pens, as injectable medicines, may only be supplied on foot of a prescription. However, there is provision in the Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) Regulations which permits pharmacists, in emergency circumstances, to supply certain prescription-only medicines, including adrenaline pens, without a prescription. My Department is currently examining the possibility of amending the Regulations to facilitate the wider availability of adrenaline pens without prescription in emergency situations, by persons trained in the administration of these pens.