Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 2390

       S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2390 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to authorize a pharmacy to provide a customized patient medication package to any patient of an institutional facility or any member of the general public, subject to certain conditions.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Board of Pharmacy.


     Your Committee finds that the administration of medication can be a complicated process, especially when it involves multiple solid oral dosage forms.  Currently, only individuals residing in an institution may receive medications that are in customized packaging for a single dose, which decreases the chance of an unintentional medication overdose.  By allowing a pharmacist to prepare customized patient medication packaging that contains one or more prescribed solid oral dosage forms for a specific patient, individuals with a developmental disability who require personal assistance in taking their medication will be able to take their medication independently with less risk of over dosage.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Clarifying one of the conditions under which a pharmacy may provide a customized patient medication package to a patient, which includes the pharmacy obtaining the verbal consent of the patient, patient's caregiver, patient's guardian, or prescribing practitioner; and


     (2)  Amending the definition of "pharmacist" to have the same meaning as "registered pharmacist" in section 461-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2390, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2390, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.


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