[IP] Fw: Promoter OKs Diabetic Kits at Concerts
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Subject: FW: Promoter OKs Diabetic Kits at Concerts
Promoter OKs Diabetic Kits at Concerts
Thu Jun 12, 5:10 PM ET
By BILL BERGSTROM, Associated Press Writer
PHILADELPHIA - A major promoter will allow people with diabetes to carry
needed medical supplies and food into concerts and sports events as part of
an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit.
Federal prosecutors had accused Houston-based SFX Entertainment Inc. of
violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by banning hypodermic needles
at its shows. The company, which owns or operates more than 100 concert
venues under the name Clear Channel Entertainment, and federal officials
announced the settlement Wednesday.
Because people with diabetes must regularly monitor their blood sugar, eat
food when necessary to avoid low blood sugar and take insulin when necessary
to avoid high blood sugar, the policy forced them to avoid concerts or
endanger their health, the U.S. Justice Department (news - web sites) said
in its April 2002 lawsuit.
The lawsuit cited complaints from diabetics (news - web sites), including a
woman who had her diabetes kit confiscated at the Electric Factory nightclub
in Philadelphia in 2000 and a man barred from taking a kit into the
Post-Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown in 1999.
"Today's settlement ensures that people with diabetes can attend and enjoy
performances like anyone else," Ralph F. Boyd Jr., assistant attorney
general for civil rights, said in a prepared statement.
The agreement also allows people with severe allergies to bring EpiPens,
disposable devices for emergency self-administration of allergy medication,
The company had said it had required concertgoers to take medical supplies,
including syringes, to a first aid station to be stored until needed to
ensure they wouldn't be disposed of improperly. Company officials would not
comment on why they had barred diabetics from bringing in food.
The company is a division of Clear Channel Communications, the country's
largest radio chain with 1,200 stations.
"If doctors were required by law to put `Cause of death: diabetes, instead
of heart failure, kidney failure, or blood clot from amputation, which is
usually what's on death certificates, I think people would be out in the
streets with pitchforks and torches'' - Ratzenberger
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