Governor Signs Breen Bill that Provides for New, Less Expensive Epinephrine Injector Technology in Schools

As Illinoisans flocked to the State Fair in Springfield to celebrate “Kids Day,” on Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law important legislation sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) that improves children’s access to life-saving epinephrine injectors at school.

SB 2889 amends the Illinois School Code and the Epinephrine Auto-Injector Act to allow school children to use newer, less expensive epinephrine delivery technology. Specifically, the new law provides for the use of newer forms of auto-injector pens and also pre-filled syringes that were recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). “During an acute allergy attack minutes and seconds matter,” said Breen. “Epinephrine injectors deliver life-saving medication, and this new law ensures families can take advantage of pharmaceutical advancements which are often now available at a lower price.”

According to Breen, in 2017, the USFDA approved for the first time a pre-filled epinephrine syringe, which is a smaller and less expensive alternative to EpiPens, including generic versions of the EpiPen. “This amendment to the previous laws was necessary because schools and families were operating under a very limited definition of epinephrine injector that did not account for the new technology,” Breen said.

SB 2889, which received unanimous support in the House and Senate earlier this year, is now listed in the Illinois State Statutes as Public Act 100-0799.

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