Rep. Breen Sends Bill That Allows for Use of Newer Epinephrine Injector Technology in Schools to Governor

State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has passed legislation that amends Illinois law to allow school children to use newer, less expensive epinephrine delivery technology in schools.

SB 2889 updates the definition of “epinephrine injector” to include newer forms of auto-injector pens and also pre-filled syringes that were recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “During a severe allergy attack, epinephrine injectors deliver life-saving mediation to patients in distress,” said Breen. “Unfortunately, the Illinois School Code and the Epinephrine Auto-Injector Act currently have a limited definition of epinephrine injector that does not account for new pharmaceutical advancements. Some of this newer technology allows for swift treatment at a lower cost.”

According to Breen, epinephrine is commonly used for emergency treatment of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that results from a severe reaction to insect stings or bites, allergic reactions to foods, drugs and other allergens, as well as exercise-induced anaphylaxis. Unlike the EpiPen, which is an auto-injector, the pre-filled devise is a syringe, which many say is easier to use.

SB 2889 received unanimous approval in the Senate in April, and with the House’ unanimous approval on Monday, the bill now moves to Governor Rauner’s desk for final action.

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