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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Arnold-Jones
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/8/06
HB 680
SHORT TITLE UNM Post-Doctoral Toxicology Program
SB
ANALYST Lewis
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
FY06
FY07
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
100.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Higher Education Department (HED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 680 appropriates $100,000 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of the Uni-
versity of New Mexico for a post-doctoral fellowship program in clinical toxicology.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $100,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
According to the Higher Education Department (HED), the New Mexico Poison and Drug In-
formation Center offers a two-year fellowship in clinical toxicology. The goal of the fellowship
is to increase new knowledge in clinical toxicology by providing motivated, pharmacy scholars
with personalized post-doctoral research, administrative, and clinical training. The program is
also designed to impart candidates with skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to function as a
clinical toxicologist within a poison center or emergency department. The fellowship offers a
base stipend of $37,500 for the first year and $39,500 for second year. Funding from this bill
would support the Centerís fellowship program.
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HED adds that the Poison and Drug Information Center is a public service program of the UNM
Health Sciences Center and is affiliated with the UNM College of Pharmacy. The Centerís goals
are to eliminate unintentional poisonings, minimize inappropriate home therapy and reduce the
incidence of unnecessary health care system utilization and expenditures. The Center coordinates
poison prevention throughout the state and operates New Mexico's only computerized toxico-
surveillance system. The Center is certified as a Regional Poison Center by the American Asso-
ciation of Poison Control Centers.
This request was not on the list of priority projects submitted by UNM to the HED for review
and was not included in the HEDís funding recommendation for FY07.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
According to HED,
consequences may include limited clinical training to pharmacy scholars and
fewer clinical toxicologists available to work within poison centers and emergency departments.
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