Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019


RE: H.B. No. 1272

H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 1272 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to:


(1) Authorize certain pharmacies to collect prescription drugs for disposal via secured collection receptacles or mail-back programs; and


(2) Prohibit pharmacies from re-dispensing or returning prescription drugs that have been returned for disposal.


The University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, Board of Pharmacy, Hawaii Medical Service Association, Walgreen Co., Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and one individual testified in support of this measure. The Department of Health and CVS Health provided comments.


Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to promote further discussion.


Your Committee notes the testimony of CVS Health which proposes an amendment to the measure that reads as follows:


"461-   Return for disposal of unused, remaining, or expired drugs; pharmacy options. (a) No pharmacy shall accept the return of any prescription drug unless:

(1) The pharmacy is collecting the prescription drug for disposal only; and

(2) The prescription drug was dispensed in error;

(3) The prescription drug was defective, adulterated, misbranded, and dispensed beyond its expiration date or subject to a recall;

(4) The prescription drug was unable to be delivered and remained in the custody and control of the pharmacy or agent of the pharmacy; and

(2)(5) The pharmacy is registered with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration as an authorized collector pursuant to title 21 Code of Federal Regulations section 1317.40.


Should your Committee on Judiciary deliberate on this measure further, your Committee on Health respectfully requests that it adopt the preceding amendment.


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. 1272, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1272, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,