STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1307

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    H.B. No. 253

       H.D. 2

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection, to which was referred H.B. No. 253, H.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO VACCINATIONS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to authorize pharmacists to administer vaccines to persons between fourteen and seventeen years of age who have a valid prescription from the patient's medical home.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health; Board of Pharmacy; American Academy of Pediatrics, Hawaii Chapter; Walgreen Co.; CVS Health/Longs Drugs; and one individual.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from two individuals.

 

     Your Committee finds that this measure increases access to vaccines by permitting pharmacists to administer vaccines to certain patients who have a valid prescription from the patient's medical home, which will improve and protect public health.  Your Committee further finds that this measure recognizes and preserves the medical home, which ensures patients receive coordinated and complete care.  Ensuring information is properly checked and originating from the medical home minimizes the possibility of vaccination errors related to contraindications, guides timely spacing of vaccinations, and ensures the correct documentation of vaccinations in the patient's medical record.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by inserting an effective date of upon approval.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 253, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 253, H.D. 2, S.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection,

 

 

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair