Sep 26, 2013 5:05 PM by Kristi Tedesco
PHOENIX - Senate Bill 1421 was "ceremoniously" signed into law today by Governor Jan Brewer.
The "Arizona Food Allergy Alliance" was on-hand for the event after spearheading the effort in Phoenix. Kristi's Kids was a proud partner in that push to bring auto-injectors to schools across Arizona.
The new law doesn't require local schools to carry auto-injectible epinephrine, but it frees schools from liability so they'll be more inclined to do so. Right now, schools keep epinephrine on hand in a vial. It's a slower process, drawing the proper amount of liquid into a syringe, than the automatic Epi Pen.
The Tucson Unified School District tells Kristi's Kids, it'll start keeping stock Epi Pens in the next school year (i.e. 2014-2015) for kids with unknown allergies. TUSD has a medical director on staff to oversee the emergency injections. Children with known allergies are already able to keep Epi Pens in school with a doctor's written approval.
The Amphi School District tells Kristi's Kids, at this time, it will NOT keep stock epinephrine for children with unknown allergies. Amphi does NOT have a medical director on staff and, currently, doesn't have the funding to get one.
According to Amphi spokesperson, Mindy Blake, "very few school districts in arizona have a medical director. Implementation of this legislation without funding is potentially extremely costly for school districts."
To learn more about the Arizona Food Allergy Alliance, click here: http://www.arizonafoodallergy.org/