Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: S.B. No. 807

S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 807 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose and intent of this measure is to:


(1) Exempt health care providers from the requirement to consult the electronic prescription accountability system, commonly known as the prescription drug monitoring program or PDMP, when a patient is in an inpatient or hospital setting or in hospice care; and


(2) Clarify that an informed consent agreement is not required for patients who lack capacity and are administered controlled substances under the supervision of a licensed health care provider.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health, Department of Public Safety, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, Hawaii Medical Association, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific Health, The Queen's Health Systems, and Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.


Your Committee finds that the PDMP and informed consent for opioid therapy patients are useful tools to reduce the risk of abuse of or addiction to a controlled substance and prevent unintended drug interactions. However, as prescribers have begun implementing this law, some concerns have been raised about the applicability of the law to certain patient populations. Your Committee notes that in certain settings, such as in an in-patient or hospice setting when a patient is under direct supervision, the need to consult the PDMP is lessened, as compared to situations where a patient is prescribed a controlled substance in an unsupervised or outpatient setting. The need for an informed consent agreement is also reduced when a prescription is directly administered under supervision.


Your Committee further finds that clarifying PDMP and opioid informed consent requirements for inpatient, post-operative, incapacitated, hospice, and palliative care patients will create consistency for providers without compromising the effectiveness of the PDMP and opioid informed consent laws.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Clarifying that the PDMP does not need to be consulted:


(A) For a patient who is directly administered a drug under the supervision of a licensed health care provider; provided that the PDMP is consulted when the patient is initially admitted for inpatient care at a hospital;


(B) When a patient is in post-operative care; provided that the prescription is limited to a three-day supply;


(C) When a patient has a terminal disease and is receiving hospice or other palliative care; and


(D) When a prescription is prescribed while the PDMP is nonfunctional; and


(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


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. 807, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 807, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.


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