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Prescription Drug Label Accessibility

Concerning access to prescription drug label information, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2024 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The bill requires a pharmacy to provide an individual who has difficulty seeing or reading standard printed labels on prescription drug containers with access to the prescription drug label information by:

  • Including an electronic label affixed to the prescription drug container that transmits the prescription drug's label information, directions, and written instructions to an end user's external accessible device, including an individual's compatible prescription drug reader;
  • Providing a prescription drug reader at no cost to the individual;
  • Providing a prescription drug label in braille or large print; or
  • Providing the individual with a method recommended by the United States access board.

The state pharmacy board may exempt from the requirements of the bill a pharmacy that is a sole proprietorship with no more than 2 pharmacists for which, upon request of the pharmacy, the board determines compliance would create an undue burden.

A pharmacy has 28 days to provide such access if a patient requests a method of access the pharmacy has not yet been asked by any other patient to provide.

The bill also requires pharmacies to make reasonable efforts to inform the public that prescription drug label information is available in accessible formats. The bill creates the prescription accessibility grant program to provide hardship grants to pharmacies for the purchase of equipment used to create accessible prescription labels.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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