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Talking, Braille, and Large Print Prescription Labels Now Available

I had never really worried about not being able to read the labels on my prescription medications, that is, not until the pharmacy delivered oxycodone by mistake a couple of years ago. Before that, all of my pills just happened to be shaped differently. Some were ovals, some were elongated, some were suitable for a large horse, etc. When I married, I was only marginally concerned (and a little curious I admit) about what would happen if I would take one of my wife’s meds by mistake. We solved that problem by simply putting each of our prescriptions in different locations. I figured that, sooner or later, I’d have two prescriptions that were indistinguishable by shape but I’d cross that bridge when I got to it.

At least, I felt that way until the day the oxycodone arrived. Surprise, it was shaped just like the statin I’d been taking. Fortunately, that problem was avoided when a frantic (and that’s probably an understatement) pharmacy employee called to see if we had Mr. Smith’s prescription.

Now, there’s a simple, convenient, and no-cost solution for blind people to the problem of what’s really in that prescription bottle. CVS Health, “the largest integrated prescription company in the United States announced that it is now providing talking, Braille, and large print prescription labels through its mail service company, Caremark, to blind and visually impaired members.” For more information, you may want to visit the full announcement which appears on the website of
Lainey Feingold Disability Rights Legal Advocacy.

Hopefully, this will not only insure that you don’t confuse the Viagra with the premarin but help you know that you’ve gotten oxycodone instead of Aleve.

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