California – Stock Epinephrine Law

California’s Education Code has training standards in place for administering stock epinephrine in schools. Training standards for the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors in accordance with California Education Code Section 49414 

Now, with the passage of a new law in September 2015, all schools in California will be required to stock at least one injector that is prescribed to the school or district, rather than a specific person, and to train at least one staff member on how to use it.

However, our job is not done yet. Each law or regulation must be implemented or put into action by a board or an agency.

Allergy & Asthma Network supports stock epinephrine implementation in schools and provides education and resources to support a seamless rollout. For more information, visit:

See below to find an ACE team in California. Questions? Contact Brenda Silvia-Torma

Visit our Online Advocacy Center to find out about other current federal and state issues of importance to people with asthma or allergies.

Questions about state legislation, ACE activities or getting involved?

Southern California ACE Teams:

Lydia Oftadeh, MD of Cavales Asthma Allergy Medical Clinic, Inc.
Bell, CA

Julia Hart-Lawson of Carlsbad Unified School District
Carlsbad, CA

Asha Desai, MD of Asha K. Desai, MD 
Folsom, CA

Sarah Field, MD, FAAAAI of CHOC Children’s Specialists
Orange, CA

Seymour Silverberg, MD of Seymour Silverberg MD Inc
Northridge, CA

Vanessa Forsythe, RN of Park Dale Lane Elementary School
Encinitas, CA

Marilyn Li, MD and Salima Thobani, MD of LA Breathmobile Program
Los Angeles, CA

Sonal Patel, MD of Adventist Health
Los Angeles, CA

Christina Schwindt, MD of Allergy & Asthma Associates of Southern California
Mission Viejo, CA
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Flora Abrahamian, MD
Pasadena, CA

Lawrence Sher, MD and Jennifer Smith of Palos Verdes Medical Group
Rolling Hills, CA

Joshua Gibbs, DO
San Bernardino, CA

Raffi Tachdjian, MD, MPH of AIRE Medical of Los Angeles
Santa Monica, CA

Edward Buschbaum, MD; Ruena Mantes, RN; Katie Marks-Cogan, MD; Gary Quiros; and Joyce Schoettler, MD;  of South Bay Allergy & Asthma Associates
Torrance, CA
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Northern California ACE Teams:

Nora Crans, RN, MS, PHN, District Nurse for Castro Valley Unified School District
Castro Valley, CA

Christopher Chang, MD, PhD, MBA of University of California at Davis
Davis, CA

Seturam Pandurangi, MD of Sutter Health
Fairfield, CA

Praveen Buddiga, MD, of Baz Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center
Fresno, CA

Michelle Komos, District School Nurse for Gustine Unified School District
Gustine, CA

Jenny Rhodes
Newark, CA

Joann Blessing-Moore, MD
Palo Alto, CA

Tara LaBounty, AE-C
Palo Alto, CA

Sarah Pederson, RN, BSN, of Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Redwood City, CA

Travis Miller, MD snd Janet Gandy of The Allergy Station
Roseville, CA

Sunil Perera, MD of Allergy Medical Group of the North Area, Inc.
Roseville, CA

Marianne Akerland
Sacramento, CA

June Zhang, MD of The Allergy & Asthma Clinic
San Mateo, CA

Priti Singh, MD and Vilma Stitt, RN of Kaiser Permanente
Sunnyvale, CA

Jun Lu, MD of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
Tracy, CA

Patty Morris of Siskiyou County Department of Education
Yreka, CA

Sample ACE Team Activities:

In 2015, Allergy & Asthma Network provided Ms. Julia Hart-Lawson with materials for her students with life-threatening allergies and her staff for whom she trains. She provided materials to approximately 400 students with life-threatening allergies.

In April 2015, Dr. Christopher Chang, wrote an article for, titled “Don’t Give Your Baby Peanuts Quite Yet”, which explains the recently published LEAP study.

On April 18, 2015, Dr. Praveen Buddiga presented, “Food Allergies–What Your Students Want You to Know” for the California School Nurse Organization’s Central Valley Section Spring Conference for approximately 60 school nurses. Participants received anaphylaxis guides.

On December 16, 2015, Dr. Sonal Patel’s Allergy Busters shared on FB a link to Dr. Ruchi Gupta’s (IL) Allergic Reaction Registry.

In 2015, Ms. Jenny Rhodes obtained non-patient specific EpiPens for the district’s 25 schools with the help of Dr. Joann Blessing-Moore, to whom Allergy & Asthma Network referred. 

Dr. Blessing-Moore
co-authored “Anaphylaxis—a practice parameter update 2015” published in the November 2015 edition of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Authors included Phillip Lieberman, MD, Richard A. Nicklas, MD, Christopher Randolph, MD, John Oppenheimer, MD, David Bernstein, MD, Jonathan Bernstein, MD, Anne Ellis, MD, David B.K. Golden, MD, Paul Greenberger, MD, Steven Kemp, MD, David Khan, MD, Dennis Ledford, MD, Jay Lieberman, MD, Dean Metcalfe, MD, Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, Scott Sicherer, MD, Dana Wallace, MD, Joann Blessing-Moore, MD, David Lang, MD, Jay M. Portnoy, MD, Diane Schuller, MD, Sheldon Spector, MD, Stephen A. Tilles, MD

On May 8, 2015, Dr. Lawrence Sher presented anaphylaxis-related information during Anaphylactic Allergy Podcast’s bi-annual “Allergy Support & Anaphylaxis Prevention” Support Group Meeting at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. 

In 2015, Dr. Travis Miller worked with 7 schools and their school nurses to train on procedures and documentation required to obtain a standing order for epi-pens. The schools needed to finish the training before he would provide a stock epi prescription.

In 2015, Dr. Miller testified before the California Senate supporting SB 738. In addition, he promoted SB738 through working with various organizations including ACAAI, AAAAI, WSAAI, and CSAAI.

On March 19, 2015, Dr. Flora Abrahamian provided an ACE presentation/CME lecture to Dorchester House Clinic in Boston, MA to pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses and nutritionists. In September, she moved back to Pasadena, California.

Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan
 provided information about why food allergies are on the rise, during an interview with a local ABC news station.

South Bay Allergy ACE Team Shares the Know-How


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