Drawing Illinois closer to the enactment of the life-saving Annie LeGere Law, the Illinois House of Representatives passed an amendment sponsored by State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) that would encourage medical professionals’ participation in the initiative to equip police officers with epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) for allergy-related emergencies.
“The Annie LeGere Law is a true community-led effort, and one that has drawn a great deal of interest from law enforcement and health professionals as a vital new public safety measure,” said Nybo. “Elmhurst Police Department has already budgeted for EpiPens and extensive device training—but health providers need more reassurance before issuing the prescriptions and signing off on the training programs. Senate Bill 2226, pending the Governor’s signature, I believe will offer them the coverage they need to join the initiative and help us continue implementation.”
The amendment specifies that a physician, physician's assistant or advanced practice registered nurse with prescriptive authority who provides 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.
The Annie LeGere Law, effective as of January 2017, allows for Illinois police officers to carry and administer EpiPens on duty as an emergency measure to reverse life-threatening allergic reactions following proper training and procedural requirements. The legislation was inspired by Elmhurst’s own Annie LeGere, a 13-year-old who passed away from a fatal allergic reaction that could have been prevented by epinephrine.
“I appreciate Representative Deb Conroy for her advocacy and determination in carrying this amendment in the House,” said Nybo. “I was proud to partner with her and with Annie’s mother, Shelly LeGere, to prevent another family from experiencing such a terrible loss,” said Nybo. “We’re ready to see this much-needed safety initiative come to fruition in Elmhurst and across the state.”
Senate Bill 2226 has been sent to the Governor and awaits his signature for enactment.