Originally Posted by carvedog
Speaking of epipens we had to jump through hoops one year to get a doc to 'prescribe' an epipen for a Selway trip for someone who didn't have one and was highly, highly allergic to bees and poison ivy.
Is this still the case? We fortunately didn't have to use it and I threw it out years ago, but would like to carry one prophylactically.
That's a pretty silly situation if they indeed had legit allergies that could lead to anaphylaxis, not just a mild reaction. That person should seek a different doc if they aren't being an advocate for their patient. But that is the responsibility of the person with the severe allergy.
However is is extremely unlikely that docs are going to start handing out prescription meds for just anyone to have in their 1st aid kits. (I'm not saying maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea for someone with at least first aid training.)
My kid has a severe allergy and we carry Epi Pens, multiple, if in remote areas. In my experience getting a pen was as easy as any other persciription. See the doc. Get a script. Go to the pharmacy and pick it up.
Also check the expire dates every so often because the Epi Pens do have a shelf life.