Plan Ahead for Medication Label Safety Awareness Month in October

 


Image of a patients hand reaching for medication bottle from the outstreached hand of a pharmacist with a red banner above saying: Patient Safety Starts with you! 

 Plan Ahead for Medication Label Safety 

Awareness Month in October

Add Medication Label Safety to your social media, community outreach and events planning for October to help spread awareness and availability of accessible prescription labeling options like audible, large print, Braille and translated prescription labels.  For more outreach ideas and campaign information visit the Medication Label Safety Awareness Campaign website.



 
Acceso Lingüístico en Las Farmacias sponsored by En-Vision America


On July 12, 2022 En-Vision America sponsored a virtual seminar on language access in the pharmacy spoken in Spanish.  Cynthia Velazquez from En-Vision America and Macarena Pena, a member of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas and employee of the Texas Workforce Commission Blind Services, share about translated prescription label technology in both audible and large print formats. Watch the entire presentation in Spanish! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE7pPtXBgUE


Tennessee Law Requires Accessible Prescription Labeling


The volunteer state has stepped forward to become the third state to passed a law to require accessible prescription labels for the blind and visually impaired. The law instructs the Board of Pharmacy to "promulgate all necessary rules and regulations to ensure that an individual who is blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled have appropriate access to prescription labels, bag tags, and medical guides."

The National Federation of the Blind Tennessee affiliate presented strong arguments and moving testimony as to why this legislation is needed.  This law will also allow more people than just the blind to benefit from these new rules and regulations.. Conditions such as  dyslexia, stroke, vestibular issues and illiteracy can all create print disabilities which could be accommodated by accessible prescription labels.

The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy will engage in the rule making process which involves open public meetings and stakeholder meetings to get feedback.

 Tennessee Board of Pharmacy Meeting Schedule: https://www.tn.gov/health/calendar.pharmacy.html

Tennessee Board of Pharmacy Meeting Minutes: https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/pharmacy-board/pharmacy-board/meeting-minutes.html