STAND. COM. REP. NO. 217
RE: H.B. No. 1406
Honorable Joseph M. Souki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2017
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 1406 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF PHARMACY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to update the authorized scope of practice for pharmacists to permit pharmacists to furnish specific medications and services that directly impact public health and the cost of healthcare.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the University of Hawaii Hilo Daniel K. Innouye College of Pharmacy, Walgreens Co., Hawaii Community Pharmacists Association, CVS Health, and many individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from Hawaii Medical Services Association. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Health and Board of Pharmacy.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying that a pharmacist may administer the full range of immunizations to adolescents aged 14 to 17 and not only the influenza vaccine;
(2) Adding a requirement that the pharmacist provide documentation of adult immunizations to the Department of Health's immunization registry;
(3) Deleting state and local health department programs from the approval process for pharmacist training;
(4) Permitting provision of services pursuant to policies, procedures, protocols, and standing orders applicable to pharmacies as well as individual pharmacists;
(5) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2090, for the purposes of encouraging further discussion; and
(6) Making nonsubstantive technical changes for the purpose of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1406, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1406, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
DELLA AU BELATTI, Chair