appointment appointment book blur 40568ELMHURST – Health care professionals will have another tool to battle life-threatening allergies thanks to a new law sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

The life-saving measure, Senate Bill 2226, was signed into law Tuesday.

The law expands the use of EpiPens to physicians, physician's assistants or advanced practice registered nurses who have prescription authority by taking away liability in civil or professional suits.

“Food allergies can be deadly. We need to ensure our emergency responders and physicians have the necessary tools to save lives,” Cullerton said. “This new law will cut out government bureaucracy to help guarantee people can get the necessary help they need.”

This measure expands on practices outlined in the life-saving Annie LeGere Law, which went into effect last year. It allows for Illinois police officers to carry and administer EpiPens on duty as an emergency tool to reverse life-threatening allergic reactions. Law enforcement officers are given proper training to identify risks and administer the antidote correctly.

The law was inspired by Annie LeGere from Elmhurst, a 13-year-old who passed away from a fatal allergic reaction that could have been prevented by the administration of an EpiPen.

Cullerton is inspired by the courage and advocacy of Annie’s loved ones who have turned this tragedy into a lifesaving opportunity.

“Shelly LeGere, Annie’s mother, is an inspiration to us all,” Cullerton said. “This new law is a true testament to her tenacity and resolve to honor Annie’s memory by ensuring what happened to Annie doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

Cullerton urges residents interested in donating to Amazing Annie, the Annie LeGere Foundation, to visit www.amazingannie.org.

Senate Bill 2226 passed the Senate and House with unanimous support and goes into effect immediately.

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