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California Supreme Court says school staff can administer insulin shots

Overturning rulings in two lower courts, the California Supreme Court has decided that trained, unlicensed school personnel may administer prescription medication such as insulin with permission from a student's physician and parents. The Sacramento Bee reports that the high court ruled unanimously that allowing the practice "reflects the practical reality that most insulin administered outside of hospitals and other clinical settings is in fact administered by laypersons." The justices said arguments by nursing groups that state law prohibits school faculty and staff from giving the shots "lack merit." 

Read the entire court opinion (PDF file).

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