OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5521

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE AND ADMINISTRATION OF EPINEPHRINE AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - Cost

270-360 per school

270-360 per school

Explanation

The bill results in a cost of approximately $270-$360 per school, associated with maintaining and storing epipens. Epipens cost, on average, $90-$120 per two-pack, and it is estimated that each school would require two to three packs. The bill requires school nurses or school principals to select qualified school professionals to be trained and administer epipens under the bill's provisions. The professionals must meet training and other requirements before being allowed to administer epipens. Schools must (1) have at least one qualified professional on the school grounds during regular school hours and (2) maintain a store of epipens for emergency use.

The Out Years

Epipens expire yearly. Therefore, schools would be responsible for refilling their prescription, annually. The cost in the outyears would be dependent on the number of prescriptions filled, and the increasing cost of the medication.

Sources:

President Association of School Nurses of Connecticut