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The Endocrine Society Urges the FAA to Ensure Glucagon in EMKs

July 28, 2023

Dear Chair Cantwell, Chair Graves, Ranking Member Cruz, and Ranking Member Larsen:

"We are writing today to request that you include language in the upcoming reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that requires the agency to update the contents of airline emergency medical kits (EMKs) on a regular basis. The undersigned organizations believe all individuals on insulin should have access to glucagon rescue therapies in the event of severe hypoglycemia. Due to the suddenness and unpredictability of hypoglycemic episodes, airlines must ensure that EMKs are equipped to respond to passengers with diabetes when in crisis. The current airline EMK requirement of injectable dextrose may neither be sufficient nor feasible to treat a passenger experiencing severe hypoglycemia."

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