Nybo files amendment to the Annie LeGere Law for greater protection for medical professionals
To address the concerns of medical professionals hesitant to prescribe epinephrine to Elmhurst Police and police departments across the state as part of the new Annie LeGere Law, State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) has filed an amendment to the law to offer greater liability protection for participating health providers.
“The Annie LeGere Law was a huge community effort, and we are getting so close to seeing it come to fruition,” said Nybo. “I’ve spoken with law enforcement, medical professionals and local officials to file an amendment that I believe will make health providers feel more comfortable prescribing epinephrine to law enforcement and get EpiPens into the hands of police officers all across Illinois. Come Legislative Session in January, I hope our community advocates will join me again in passing this life-saving legislation.”
The Annie LeGere Law (House Bill 4462), effective as of January 2017, allows for Illinois police officers to carry and administer epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) on duty as an emergency measure to reverse life-threatening allergic reactions—following training and procedural requirements.
While the Elmhurst Police have added EpiPens and extensive device training to their budget for implementation, they require a physician to sign off on the training course and prescribe the epinephrine—which has been an obstacle due to language in the law concerning medical professionals’ liability. Working with DuPage County Board Member Pete DiCianni, Nybo recently filed Senate Bill 2226, which states that a physician, physician's assistant or advanced practice registered nurse with prescriptive authority who will provide a prescription or standing order for epinephrine for an Illinois police department will not be subject to civil or professional liability for law enforcement’s misuse of the medication.
“It’s critical that this language passes so that we can take on the public health crisis of ‘anaphylaxis,’ and arm our first responders with the tools they need to save children and adults who suffer from nut and food allergies and various other triggers of anaphylaxis, like bee stings and poisons,” said DiCianni. “Prescribers must be held harmless in this effort, just as first responders and teachers are in various forms of legislation that are already on the books today in schools and other venues.”
Senate Bill 2226 is in the Senate Assignments Committee with potential to be reviewed during the 2018 Spring Legislative Session.