Sample Legislation and List of Bills and Laws

Model Bill:

(1) A pharmacy shall notify each person to whom a prescription drug is dispensed that an accessible/translated 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, otherwise print disabled, or limited English proficient the pharmacy shall provide to the person an accessible prescription label affixed to the bottle that is:

(a) Available to the person in a timely manner comparable to other patient wait time and lasting for at least the duration of the prescription; and

(b) Appropriate to the disability, preference and language of the person making the request through use of audible, large print, Braille  or translated labels; and

(c) Conforms to the format specific best practices established by the United States Access Board and National CLAS Standards; and

(d) Contains all the label information required by state statute and federal law including cautions, warnings and any information available to sighted, English proficient 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 both dispensed and administered 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.


Laws/Regulations Passed (alphabetical order):


Board of Pharmacy Regulations  64B16—28.108  (2023)


Accessible Prescription Labeling Law  HB218 (2023)   SB608 (2023)


Translation and Interpretation in Hospitals Education Campaign (including pharmacy)  LD430 (2023)


Accessible Prescription Labeling Law  HB456 (2023)    SB 0940 (2023)


Audible Labeling Law: SB131 (2017)  

Dual Language Labeling Law: AB177 (2021)


Board of Pharmacy rules requires a directory of accessibility services. 4729:5-2-05 (2023) Pharmacies shall report the type of language translation services, including translated prescription labels, for patients who are of limited English proficiency; The type of services available for patients who are hard of hearing; and the type of services available for patients with low vision.


Audible Labeling Law: HB2935 (2019)

Dual Language Labeling Law: SB698 (2019)

Puerto Rico

Audible Labeling Law (2023):


Accessible Prescription Labeling Law:  SB 1859 (2022)   HB 1999 (2022)   Amended (2022)


Dual Language Bills are Sine Die but the Board of Pharmacy, seeing the need, initiated Rulemaking without a law directing them to.   HB 1852 (2022)   SB 5840 (2022)


Translated Prescription Label Instructions Study Group. HB2147 (2023) Directs the Board of Pharmacy to convene a work group to evaluate the provision of translation of directions for use of prescriptions.


Other Bills Introduced (alphabetical order, red indicates active legislation process): 


Accessible Prescription Labeling Bill HB24-1115 (2024)

Accessible Prescription Labeling Bill HB20-1090 (2020)


Accessible Prescription Labeling Bill -AB1902 (2024)


Accessible Prescription Labeling Bill HB5055 (2024)


Accessible Prescription Labeling Bill SF2022 (2024)


Audible Labeling Bill: S658 (2021) 

Audible Labeling Bill: S1420 (2021)

Audible Labeling Bill: S1252 (2019)


Accessible Prescription Labeling SF 2266 (2023)

Accessible Prescription Labeling HF 2430 (2023)

Accessible Prescription Labeling SF 4038 (2021)

Accessible Prescription Labeling HF 4481 (2021)


Accessible Prescription Labeling HB2750 (2024)

 Accessible Prescription Labeling HB 80 (2023)

Accessible Prescription Labeling HB 685 (2023) 

Accessible Prescription Labeling HB 812 (2023)

Accessible Prescription Labeling HB 2783 (2022)

Accessible Prescription Labeling HB 2834 (2022)


Amendments to Dual Language Law AB251 (2023)


Audible Labeling and Insurance Coverage Bill: HB 448 (2021) 

Audible Labeling and Insurance Coverage Bill: HB 214 (2019)

Insurance Coverage of Prescription Readers Bill: HB 382 (2024)  


Dual Language Bill  HB2419 (2023)


Accessible Labeling Bill (2021)

Puerto Rico

Insurance dispensation fee reimbursement PS1190 (2024) -


Accessible Prescription Labeling Bill HB516 (2024)

Dual Language Bill HB2147 (2023)