This year Nevada enacted a new law (SB131 of 2017) that requires pharmacists to tell consumers about audible prescription labels and provide them with information on how to obtain them.
Audible, large print and Braille prescription labels are a way that pharmacies can accommodate those who are blind, low vision, dyslexic, illiterate or have another print impairment. These accessible labels are provided to the customer at no additional cost.
Accessible Prescription Label Options
- According to the American’s with Disabilities Act, pharmacies are required to provide aids to assist communication between the pharmacist and patient so long as it does not present a financial burden to the pharmacy. ADA regulations prohibit pharmacies from charging the patient for accommodations.
- Section 1557 of the Patient Production and Affordable Care Act further clarified the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability in health programs and activities including pharmacies that accept Medicare.
- The United States Access Board published a list of the Best Practices to help pharmacists to accommodate patients with visual impairments. They include large print, Braille, digital voice or text to speech recorders, RFID devices, smart devices and computers.
- A 2016 Government Accountability Office report found that unawareness was one of the most cited reasons pharmacies were noncompliant with the Best Practices.