H.C.R. NO.









Requesting that the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Department of business, economic development, and tourism study the feasibility of implementing a school of pharmacy at the university of hawaii at hilo.



WHEREAS, the nation, as well as Hawaii, is currently experiencing a well-documented shortage of pharmacists, especially in rural areas; and

WHEREAS, this shortage is expected to become critical as the volume of prescription medicine use increases sharply with the aging of a large segment of the population of the United States; and

WHEREAS, many countries in the Pacific Basin are also experiencing a dire need for clinically trained pharmacists; and

WHEREAS, the role of the pharmacist has evolved into that of a member of a clinical team with specific expertise in drug treatment management, which requires specialized training; and

WHEREAS, there will be an insufficient supply of professionally trained pharmacists to meet the increasing demands expected in the near future without expanding pharmacy training programs; and

WHEREAS, no pharmacy training program currently exists in Hawaii or the Pacific basin that can meet these pressing needs; and

WHEREAS, the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH-Hilo) is currently in the process of planning a program in pharmacy that will serve Hawaii and the Pacific Basin and has received federal funding in the amount of $350,000 for fiscal year 2002 and is expected to receive $1,000,000 for fiscal year 2003 to develop this pharmacy program; and

WHEREAS, this program includes, as part of its curriculum, strong clinical focus on Pacific Basin regional culture, traditional interventions and medicines, and traditional healing methods, and their direct effects and interactions with Western drugs; and

WHEREAS, this program, because of its complexity and the wide geographic locations it is expected to serve, will have a number of unique features and may have an impact on other programs throughout the university system such as the use of distance learning technology and the provision of clinical experience in appropriate settings within the students' home areas; and

WHEREAS, the development of this program is also expected to have an economic impact upon Hawaii through its ability to attract students from around the Pacific Basin, the necessity to strengthen the distance learning infrastructure in rural areas of Hawaii, as well as the Pacific Basin regions, and the necessity of strengthening science curriculums throughout the region in order to prepare students for admission to the pharmacy program; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-First Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, the Senate concurring, that UH-Hilo, in cooperation with the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT), are requested to research and study the feasibility of implementing a School of Pharmacy at UH-Hilo; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that UH-Hilo, with input from DBEDT, is requested to submit a report of the findings, recommendations, and progress of the planning and implementation of a pharmacy program at UH-Hilo to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2003; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Chancellor of UH-Hilo, and the Director of DBEDT.





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