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Governor Jan Brewer Signs Arizona's Epinephrine Bill into Law Before Roomful of Advocates
Date:9/24/2013

PHOENIX, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today advocates from the Arizona Food Allergy Alliance (AFAA) and representatives from the Arizona Asthma & Allergy Institute and the Alvernon Allergy & Asthma P.C., joined Governor Jan Brewer for the ceremonial signing of SB 1421 into law. The law allows schools to stock and administer epinephrine for emergency use creating a safer environment for all school-aged children, especially those who may not yet know they are allergic. Arizona joins 16 other states that have either enacted laws regarding stocking epinephrine in schools or have pending legislation. Arizona schools can implement this new law this school year.

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Among the advocates was Adrianna Aguirre, and her mother Karen Brown. Adrianna suffered a severe anaphylactic episode and had no immediate access to epinephrine. The incident left Adrianna in need of care from professional healthcare providers around the clock. Following the signing, Karen Brown said, "I have been sharing Adrianna's story in hope of raising awareness about the seriousness of anaphylaxis, today's signing of this bill into law is significant to our family and to all Arizona families who have school-age children."

Epinephrine is an important first-line of treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Virginia passed a similar law this year after a first-grader died at school from an allergic reaction from a peanut. In other state's where similar laws have passed, lives have already been saved. Among them a boy who had an allergic reaction to a bee sting while on the school bus.
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