Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind Can Save Lives

A young individual who is blind using a computer. In the bottom left is a graphic of the ScripTalk Talking Prescription Reader.

Imagine if you can’t see to read your prescription labels. The dangers of dosage mistakes can lead to illness, hospitalization or even death. Almost 12 million Americans have vision impairment, including 1 million who are blind and 3 million who have vision impairment after correction, according to the CDC. And some of those individuals live right in your local community.

Many individuals who are blind, visually impaired or print impaired do not realize that thousands of participating pharmacies throughout the U.S. and Canada offer FREE accessible prescription labels. 

This is why it's important for us all to devote some time and resources to spreading the word of Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind (MSAB) Month in October. 

Together we can make a difference. One of the most popular types of accessible prescription labels is ScripTalk talking medication labels. Through this program, the pharmacist places a small electronic tag on the prescription package. A patient can then receive a FREE talking prescription reader, or download a free mobile App that will read all their prescription label information out loud, including: drug name, dosage, instructions, instructions, warnings, pharmacy information, doctor name, prescription number and date.

To learn more about MSAB and how to participate, visit https://mailchi.mp/envisionamerica/msab.


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