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Global News: Empire Company Limited Now Offers ScripTalk Across All Brands, In-Store in Canada

Friday, February 14th, 2020

This is the first time in Canadian history accessible prescription labels have been offered at the national pharmacy network level.

Empire Company Limited, which runs brands Lawtons Drugs, Sobeys, Safeway Canada, Thrifty Foods, Foodland, IGA (Western Canada) and FreshCo, is now offering ScripTalk for blind, visually impaired and print impaired patients at ALL pharmacy locations, in store, throughout the country. It’s free for patients.

Watch this Global News Edmonton story to learn more.

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Phil Raistrick, Visionary Founder of En-Vision America, Passes Away

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

PALMETTO, Fla., November 25, 2019 — It’s with great sadness, En-Vision America announces the passing of their beloved company founder Phil Raistrick. He sadly and suddenly passed on November 20, 2019. Phil was a giant of a man and a visionary who was dedicated to providing those with vision impairment greater independence through technology.

The company began in Phil’s basement. Phil and his two visually impaired brothers loved playing poker. While one knew the Braille, the other did not. That spark fed the flame that would become En-Vision America.

The i.d. mate, a talking barcode scanner, was born in 1996. Phil worked closely on developing the program that would evolve to the bar code scanner that we know and love today. It is tool that allows individuals with a vision impairment to barcode items and use the reader to identify these objects. In addition to allowing his brothers to better play poker, now they could identify millions of items that can be found in grocery stores today.

Not long after the barcode scanner, Phil worked on the problem of medication safety with the introduction of ScripTalk, a talking prescription reader. This system has expanded into tens of thousands of pharmacies throughout the nation and Canada and has evolved to include large print labels, Braille labels, dual-language labels and Controlled Substance Safety Labels.

“With all his heart, Phil loved this company and what we stand for,” says David Raistrick, En-Vision America’s Vice President. “We stood shoulder-to-shoulder with him to make a difference in the lives of others. It is because of him that we will carry on helping so many people around this world.”

The funeral will be held Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes at 5624 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with Services following at 11 a.m.

A springtime Illinois memorial will also be held Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Wilton Mortuary, 2101 N. Knoxville Ave, Peoria, IL 61603. Visitation for the memorial will be 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. with graveside services at Springdale Cemetery following.

Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

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Palmetto Tech Company Helps Visually Impaired Read Drug Labels

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

PALMETTO, Fla. (FOX 13) — A family-owned company in Palmetto, Florida is using technology to make products to help the blind live more independently.

En-Vision America was born in 1996 when David B. Raistrick created a way to barcode playing cards for his visually impaired uncles.

“He thought there has to be a better way to do this and he developed a little program on a laptop,” the company’s Sales Director, Amanda Tolson said.

To view the video and full story, visit the Fox 13 website.

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ACB, Walmart and En-Vision Executives Discuss National Rollout of ScripTalk

Monday, July 29th, 2019

On the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, an executive from the American Council of the Blind discusses how Walmart is making ScripTalk — a talking prescription label solution — available for FREE at all Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs throughout the United States.

Clark Rachfal, ACB, interviews Amanda Tolson, En-Vision America, and JoAnn Stephens and Carrie Farber, Walmart, to talk about this important announcement. This is a life-saving measure for blind, visually impaired and print impaired individuals.

To get started with ScripTalk, call En-Vision America at 800-890-1180, or speak with your local Walmart or Sam’s Club pharmacist today!

Click here for the Podcast.  

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Palmetto company providing free prescription medication-reading technology for visually impaired

Monday, July 29th, 2019

PALMETTO, Fla. (WFLA) – A Palmetto-based company is providing the visually impaired community with free technology to make everyday life a little easier.

En-Vision America created “ScripTalk,” a prescription medication-reading technology.

“It’s very user-friendly, as it only has three buttons on the top for operations and the on/off button is a wheel that’s at the front and it also controls the volume. So it works with text-to-speech technology and RFID, which is radio frequency identification,” said Director of Sales Amanda Tolson.

For the full article, click here.

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Oregon to Require Talking Prescription Readers for Blind Pharmacy Patients

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Oregon has passed new legislation to require pharmacies to provide prescription readers for patients who are blind, visually impaired or print impaired. The State Senate approved House Bill 2935 on June 6, 2019.

The legislation will now go back to the State House of Representatives for agreement on some minor amendments made in the Senate. The amendments are expected to be approved.

Once approved, it will then go to the governor to sign into law.

“They [talking prescription readers] should be made available to those who would benefit from them. Providing this level of clarity and understanding will help a portion of our population better manage their own health and it will save lives,” said Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham), who sponsored the bill on the Senate floor.

For full details, click here.

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Bay News 9: “ScripTalk Helps Vision Impaired Manage Medicine”

Monday, February 18th, 2019

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ScripTalk Talking Prescription Labels Featured in Glaucoma Today

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Help for people who are blind, visually and print impaired.

Dr. Richard A. Lehrer writes about accessible prescription labels in his article, ‘Improving Patient Access To Medication’ featured in the November/December 2018 Glaucoma Today magazine. Read the article here.

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Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind MSAB Month Helps People Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind (MSAB) is a month-long event, held every October across the US and Canada. This initiative rallies advocates to spread the word about accessible prescription labels, so that people who are blind, visually or print impaired become aware of options for accessing their prescription label information.

This year, over 200 Lions clubs, state agencies, and support groups participated in various activities to talk about accessible prescription labels with their family, friends, clients and communities. Groups shared information and demonstrated ScripTalk talking labels at district meetings, conventions, support groups, health fairs, technology shows, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies. The Troy Lions Club even had an MSAB day declared by the Mayor in the city of Troy, Ohio! (Read full article.)

Thank you to everyone who participated in this important initiative!

MSAB continues all year! Anyone interested in keeping the conversation going can read about advocacy and request information at the link below:

Advocacy Page

MSAB Facebook page

Advocacy Video

Accessible label options such as ScripTalk Talking labels, large print and Braille labels help people safely and independently manage their medications. These labels are available by request at no additional charge at participating pharmacies. Anyone who needs these labels can request them; no diagnosis is needed.

To get these labels:

  • Ask your pharmacist for accessible prescription labels such as ScripTalk
  • Search for a participating pharmacy here
  • Call En-Vision America at 1-800-890-1180 for free assistance

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!

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Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind MSAB Month is in Full Swing

Friday, October 19th, 2018

October is MSAB month! Hundreds of people across the US and Canada are participating in MSAB month, advocating for the safety of people who are blind, visually or print impaired by spreading the word about accessible prescription labels. Multiple blind organizations, support agencies, senior centers, and a multitude of groups including the Lions Clubs are holding events and activities to talk about and demonstrate ScripTalk talking labels, large print and Braille labels.

The latest MSAB news: The Lions Club of Troy, OH and the mayor of Troy have declared Oct. 10 as MSAB day!Troy OH Lions and Mayor declare MSAB day

Photo above shows Troy Mayor Michael Beamish presents Lions Club President Steve Kaplan, right, and Lions Club’s Campaign Chair Bob Medley, left, with the signed proclamation.

Read the Full article  

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN MSAB MONTH! Your advocacy helps save lives!

If you would like to participate, or would like more information, check out the MSAB PAGE

 
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