Imagine if you can’t see to read your medication labels. The risks of illness, hospitalization and even death are real. Whether you’re visually impaired, a caretaker of someone who is blind or elderly, a medical professional, work for a support agency or are simply passionate about helping others, you can become an advocate to save lives.
Globally, at least 2.2 billion people have vision impairments or blindness, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States alone, the Food and Drug Administration estimates that about 1.3 million people are injured by medication errors each year. For those who can’t clearly read their medication labels, accessible prescription labels can be crucial to ensuring medication safety and adherence.
Accessible Labels are Available
Accessible labels are widely available at no additional charge at thousands of pharmacies throughout the United States and Canada, and yet many people do not know about these options. Accessible labels include talking prescription labels, large print labels, dual-language labels and Controlled Substance Safety Labels (CSSLs).
These are statistically proven to be effective in increasing medication safety for individuals who are visually impaired. An independent study discovered almost all (98%) study participants reported feeling safer taking their medications since using ScripTalk (talking prescription labels). While 35 percent of ScripTalk users reported experiencing a medication error prior to using ScripTalk, no one experienced a medication error related to mixing up medications or taking the wrong medication/dosage since using ScripTalk.
By spreading the word about these labels, you’re campaigning for the safety of people who are visually and print impaired. You are advocating to save lives.
How Can You Advocate?
Educate yourself about accessible prescription labels and share the study results and information with friends, family, coworkers, clients and your community. Let folks know these accessible medication labels are available for free to patients at thousands of pharmacies throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Consider signing up for local health fairs, sight fairs, community events and more to share knowledge about the availability of these prescription labels. Also, consider participating in Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind (MSAB) month, which occurs every October.
We can also provide you with a ScripTalk Station demo unit for large events.
In addition, we are happy to send you educational brochures to hand out to friends and family, as well as a sample prescription bottle to show how accessible labels work.
If you would like to become an advocate, please reach out by calling 1-800-890-1180 or fill out the advocate form and we’ll be back in touch with you shortly.
Thank you for making a difference and saving lives!
– Independent Study from Issues
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