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Food allergy awareness heads to president's desk

WASHINGTON (AP) - The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies have helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile emergency medications that can save lives.

That effort has now reached President Barack Obama's desk. He was expected to sign a bill that offers a financial incentive to states if schools stockpile epinephrine. Epinephrine is considered the first-line treatment for people with severe allergies and is administered by injection.

Several states have passed or are considering bills that also aim to get epinephrine in schools. Late last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its first guidelines to schools on how to protect kids with food allergies.

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