The California Board of Pharmacy recently adopted draft regulations for the standardization and translation of prescription drug labels.  We think this is a great step forward, but the Board needs to go farther–specifically, by requiring labels to be translated into every patient’s primary language. In doing so, the Board will be supporting stronger regulations for language access.  If you’d like to express your thoughts on label translation, send your comments by January 4, 2010 to:  Carolyn Klein  Manager, Legislation and Regulations  California State Board of Pharmacy  1625 N. Market Blvd., N219  Sacramento, CA 95834  Fax: (916) 574-8618  Email: Carolyn_Klein@dca.ca.gov There will also be a hearing on the issue on January 20, in Sacramento at 1625 N. Market Blvd. in the Hearing Room at 9:30 a.m.  When you comment, we suggest including these messages, created by CPEHN:

  • Prescription drug labels translated into the patient’s language are vital for quality care.
  • The Board should provide pharmacies with standard labels translated into at least the 14 languages spoken by groups of 10,000 or more limited-English speakers in California.
  • The cost for these translations is minimal with a large health payoff.
  • For non-standardized labels and other languages, individual pharmacies must be responsible for providing translated labels.
  • All patients who do not speak English well must have the right to have their prescription drug instructions orally interpreted.
  • Labels must be printed in 12-point font or larger.

Thanks for supporting stronger regulations for language access!

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