Could life-saving emergency medication be missing from your flight? Here's what to know to stay safe

December 20, 2019

ABC Good Morning America

Epinephrine is among the exempted medications. If the emergency medical kit on Varshavsk's flight hadn’t contained epinephrine, the passenger “would have either lost their life or had a really bad outcome.”

ABC News asked the American College of Emergency Physicians about the exempted medications, which include atropine, for cardiac patients, and dextrose, for diabetes patients. ACEP helps make recommendations for what medications airlines should carry.

“These are all necessary medications to save a life,” ACEP's Mark Rosenberg told ABC News. “Not having these medications, we put anybody with a medical emergency in jeopardy and maybe take away their chance of having a physician or other medical professional save their life.”

The FAA told ABC News it is currently considering requiring epinephrine auto-injectors in airline emergency kits. It also says it has received a request to extend the exemptions, which are due to expire at the end of January 2020.

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