It’s unanimous: Lawmakers advance emergency allergy treatment bill

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MADISON — A Wisconsin Senate committee has advanced a bill that would allow businesses to keep a supply of epinephrine injectors to combat life-threatening allergic reactions.

The health committee unanimously approved the bill Thursday. The committee changed the bill to clarify that businesses may offer the drug but aren’t required to have it on hand.

Schools are already allowed to keep a supply of the auto-injectors. The bill would allow camps, colleges, restaurants and other businesses to carry and administer the drug.

Auto-injectors are used to treat anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that causes constricted airways and makes it difficult to breathe.

The Senate and the Assembly are expected vote on the measure on Tuesday.