Tenneesee Introduces Accessible Labeling Legislation in Both Houses

Republican Senator Becky Massey and Democratic Representative Darren Jernigan have introduced Senate Bill 1859 and HB 1999 to require pharmacies to provide accessible prescription labeling for the visually or print impaired.  

Members of the National Federation of the Blind of Tennessee spent a day at the capitol meeting with legislators in both houses and on both sides of the aisle and found a lot of support for the bill.

The state of Tennessee runs it's own pharmacy services in many counties and is accessing the costs and benefits of providing accessible prescription labeling. They will have to determine if the costs of providing audible, large print or Braille will be cheaper than the costs associated with emergency room visits and extended medication regiments due to not being able to read prescription labels.

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