Senate Counsel, Research
and Fiscal Analysis
Minnesota Senate Bldg.
95 University Avenue W. Suite 3300
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-4791
Tom Bottern
State of Minnesota
S.F. No. 1580 - Epinephrine Administration (Second Engrossment )
Author: Senator Jim Carlson
Prepared By: Katie Cavanor, Senate Counsel (651/296-3801)
Date: April 10, 2015


SF 1580 permits certain authorized entities to obtain, possess, provide, and administer epinephrine auto-injectors to individuals who are or may be experiencing anaphylaxis without a prescription. Following is a summary of the judiciary issues.

Section 1 (144.999) establishes the parameters in which epinephrine auto-injectors may be obtained and used by authorized entities.

Subd. 3 permits an authorized entity to obtain and possess epinephrine auto-injectors to provide or administer to individuals who an employee or agent of the authorized entity believes in good faith is experiencing anaphylaxis, regardless of whether the individual has a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector.  Permits an authorized entity to obtain epinephrine auto-injectors from pharmacy wholesalers if the authorized entity presents the pharmacy or manufacturer with a valid certificate of training.  Requires an authorized entity to store the epinephrine auto-injectors in a location readily accessible in an emergency and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and any additional requirements established by the commissioner.

Subd. 4 permits any owner, manager, employee, or agent of an authorized entity who has completed the training program to either provide an epinephrine auto-injector to an individual, or the individual’s parent, legal guardian or caretaker, or administer an epinephrine auto-injector to the individual  if the employee or agent believes in good faith the individual is experiencing anaphylaxis, regardless of whether the individual has a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector or has previously been diagnosed with an allergy.  Specifies that an authorized entity is not required to maintain a stock of epinephrine auto-injectors.

Subd. 5 requires an individual to successfully complete every two years a anaphylaxis training program before the individual can provide or administer an epinephrine auto-injector as permitted under subdivision 4.  Requires the individual or entity conducting the training to issue a certificate to each person who completes the training program.  Specifies that the certificate is valid for two years.

Subd. 6 specifies that an act or omission taken by an authorized entity that obtains, an employee or agent who provides or uses, a pharmacy or manufacturer that dispenses, or an individual or entity that conducts trainings for epinephrine auto- injectors pursuant to this section, is considered “emergency care, advice, or assistance" under the Good Samaritan law.



Check on the status of this bill
Back to Senate Counsel and Research Bill Summaries page

This page is maintained by the Office of Senate Counsel, Research, and Fiscal Analysis for the Minnesota Senate.
Last review or update: 04/10/2015
If you see any errors on this page, please e-mail us at