Rx For Clarity: California Considers Bilingual Drug

Prescription medicine labels at most pharmacies in California are printed only in English, potentially placing patients in danger of making any number of errors that can cause serious harm or even death. The California Board of Pharmacy is discussing new regulations that would require all pharmacies in California to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles. Statewide, 44 percent of Californians speak a language other than English at home. New York approved a similar rule last year to make it easier for non-English speakers to take their medications properly and avoid costly mistakes. At present, the California Board of Pharmacy includes on its website translations of basic instructions such as “take one pill at bedtime” in five languages: Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese. Proponents of translating labels say that concerns about the change are outweighed by the problems patients who speak limited English face under the status quo.
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