Sample Legislation for Accessible Prescription Labeling

(1) A pharmacy shall notify each person to whom a prescription drug is dispensed that an accessible prescription label is available to the person upon request at no additional cost.
(2) If a person informs the pharmacy that the person identifies as a person who is blind, visually impaired or print impaired the pharmacy shall provide to the person an accessible prescription label affixed to the bottle that is:
(a) Available to the person for at least the duration of the prescription; and
(b) Appropriate to address the person’s visual impairment through use of audible, large print or Braille labels; and
(c) Conforms to the format specific best practices established by the United States Access Board; and
(d) Contains all of the label information required by state statute and federal law including cautions, warnings and any information available to sighted individuals reading the printed label.
(3) A pharmacy shall ensure that the prescription label is compatible with the prescription reader if a reader is provided.
(4) The requirements of this section do not apply to prescription drugs dispensed by an institutional pharmacy or correctional institution.
(5) The board of pharmacy shall promulgate regulations necessary to implement this section.
(6) “Prescription reader” means a device that is designed to audibly convey the information contained on the label of a prescription drug.
(7) An "Institutional pharmacy" means a pharmacy that is part of or is operated in conjunction with any of the following health care facilities: hospital, ambulatory surgical facility, nursing home, residential care facility, freestanding rehabilitation facility, hospice care program, home and community-based services provider, residential facility for individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities, or any similar health care facility.

Maine Law (to conduct Pharmacy Outreach):
Puerto Rico as introduced:


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