Public schools to stock EpiPens to treat allergies

January 24, 2012 6:44:26 AM PST
Public schools in Chicago will be making EpiPens available to treat students with allergies pending approval by the Board of Education.

The devices are used to stop cases of anaphylaxis shock in children with various sensitivities that can be life-threatening.

Stocking the pens will bring Chicago schools into compliance with a state law passed last year.

Approximately 4,000 students have diagnosed allergies. The new policy would also allow students to carry and self-administer EpiPens when needed, with approval of a parent or guardian.