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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.


Empire Company Limited to Provide Accessible Prescription Labels In-StoreAcross All Brands in Canada

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

PALMETTO, FL  (Feb. 6, 2020) — Sobeys and the family of brands under Empire Company Limited continue to lead the grocery retail sector in providing inclusive customer experiences as the first Canadian pharmacy network to offer En-Vision America’s ScripTalk audible prescription labels at all its in-store and stand-alone pharmacy locations. This includes Lawtons Drugs, Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, Foodland, IGA (Western Canada) and FreshCo.

A first-of-its kind at the national level by a Canadian pharmacy network, this rollout offers Canadians reliable access to simple, innovative technology to improve independent management of prescription medication.

ScripTalk audible prescription labels enable blind, low vision or print-impaired pharmacy patients to hear important prescription label information free of charge using En-Vision America’s Pharmacy Freedom Program.

With ScripTalk, pharmacies are able to code prescription labels with RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification technology. Patients can then use a small, hand-held base prescription reader called the ScripTalk Station Reader, available free of charge, to hear important prescription information and instructions read aloud (i.e. an audible label). Patients can also access talking prescription labels by using En-Vision America’s Android and iOS apps, which are compatible with the coded prescription labels.

“We’re proud to offer ScripTalk at all of our pharmacies across the country,” said Vivek Sood, Executive Vice President, Related Business, Sobeys Inc. “ScripTalk is an easy-to-use yet innovative technology that is breaking barriers for those who are blind, have experienced vision loss, or are otherwise not able to read vital prescription information. With this technology, we’re empowering our patients to independently manage their medications safely at our pharmacies, in their homes, or wherever they may be.”

“This is the first time in Canada that a pharmacy chain is making ScripTalk available in-store, at all locations,” added Amanda Tolson, Director of Sales, En-Vision America, Inc. “Now blind and visually impaired patients can get ScripTalk labels over the counter, in store. En-Vision America is excited to be partnering with Sobeys and supporting their commitment to prescription label access for everyone.”

“Reading the fine print on prescriptions has been a longstanding barrier for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, resulting in accidental overdoses and other serious medication errors,” said John Rafferty, CNIB Foundation’s president and CEO. “With Sobeys’ new talking labels, individuals with sight loss are now able to manage their medications more safely and independently.”

The CNIB Foundation estimates that there are 1.5 million people living with sight loss in Canada, ranging from mild to very severe sight loss. This population is currently underserved with limited pharmacy-provided options for accessible prescription labelling. This puts them at risk for delays and misinformation when accessing their medications.  

All Empire banner pharmacy locations across Canada, including Lawtons Drug Stores, and in-store pharmacies located in Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, Foodland, IGA (Western Canada) and FreshCo banners offer the ScripTalk service.


About Empire

Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A) is a Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire’s key businesses are food retailing, through wholly-owned subsidiary Sobeys Inc., and related real estate. With approximately $25.6 billion in annualized sales and $13.8 billion in assets, Empire and its subsidiaries, franchisees and affiliates employ approximately 123,000 people.

Sobeys National Pharmacy

Sobeys National Pharmacy has more than 420 pharmacies across Canada, including Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, FreshCo and Lawtons Drugs pharmacies; each with a dedicated team to help you manage your medication and health care needs. From advice on what to take for a cough or cold to helping you manage a new prescription medication, our teams are committed to providing convenient and personalized services for your family’s health and wellbeing.

About En-Vision America
En-Vision America, a Palmetto, Fla.-based company, provides high-tech products aimed at solving problems for individuals with disabilities. The company has spearheaded many innovations relating to labeling including voice-enabled products like i.d. mate, the talking bar code reader, and ScriptAbility, which includes talking prescription labels, Braille, large print, dual language and Controlled Substance Safety Labels (CSSLs). Originally founded by Philip C. and David B. Raistrick in 1996, the cornerstone of the company is based on one single premise: To provide those with disabilities equal access and greater independence through technology. Today, more than 20,000 individuals are using ScripTalk. For additional information, visit

About the CNIB Foundation

Founded in 1918, the CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast. For more information, please visit


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


Walmart and Sam’s Club Set Standard for Providing Accessible Prescription Labels Across U.S.

Friday, July 19th, 2019

PALMETTO, FL. July 19, 2019 — Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies are now providing En-Vision America’s ScripTalk talking prescription labels at all stores throughout the United States. This service increases the safety and independence of blind, visually impaired and print-impaired customers.

Since 2012, Walmart and Sam’s Club have equipped almost 1,200 of their pharmacies to provide ScripTalk audible prescription labels at a patient’s request. More than 750 pharmacies have been equipped in just the past three years with 25 additional Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies (on average) set up to provide ScripTalk labels each month.

Walmart and Sam’s Club equips a pharmacy to provide ScripTalk upon a single patient’s request for audible prescription labels. Once a pharmacy is equipped, usually within 7-10 days, the pharmacy provides ScripTalk labels to patients requesting them at no charge and without lengthy delays.

“The ScripTalk system is important to providing convenient and safe healthcare for our customers,” said JoAnn Stevens, Senior Director of Health & Wellness Compliance at Walmart. “We are proud this technology is available at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the nation, and we look forward to adding more locations as patients ask for this free service at their local Walmart or Sam’s Club pharmacy. This service is free and available at all U.S. locations upon request.”

“We already have almost 1,200 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs offering the ScripTalk system,” says Amanda Tolson, a director of En-Vision America, maker of the ScripTalk system. “Walmart is a leader in disability rights and we’re pleased to grow our partnership to benefit the visually impaired community.”

“The American Council of the Blind is excited Walmart and Sam’s Club are showing their dedication to the safety and accessibility for the visually impaired through ScripTalk availability, setting an important standard in accessibility in healthcare. Our relationship with Walmart has flourished over the years, and we look forward to continued growth,” says Eric Bridges, Executive Director of the America Council of the Blind.

About En-Vision America
En-Vision America, a Palmetto, Fla.-based company, provides high-tech products aimed at solving problems for individuals with disabilities. The company has spearheaded many innovations relating to labeling including voice-enabled products like i.d. mate, the talking bar code reader, and ScriptAbility, which includes talking prescription labels, Braille, large print, dual language and Controlled Substance Safety Labels (CSSLs). Originally founded by Philip C. and David B. Raistrick in 1996, the cornerstone of the company is based on one single premise: To provide those with disabilities equal access and greater independence through technology. Today, more than 20,000 individuals are using ScripTalk. For additional information, visit For media inquiries, contact Jenna Reed at

About Walmart
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About the American Council of the Blind
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) was founded in 1961 but many of its state affiliates and local chapters have a history that can be traced back to the 1880s. The ACB Mission is to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people. Additional information can be found by visiting


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



Nevada SB 131 Accessible Labels Bill Needs Final Push to Pass Assembly Vote

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

A final push is needed by Nevada citizens to help pass SB 131, a bill that would make accessible prescriptions widely available to blind, visually impaired and print impaired people. People who live in Nevada are being asked to call their legislators now. See message from Rick Kuhlmey, Nevada Council of the Blind: 

May 10, 2017

Hello dear fellow members of the Nevada Council of the Blind,

Thank you for all the wonderful work you did to help SB 131 move along through the Nevada Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services.  SB 131 was voted out of the Committee this afternoon during a ‘work session’ with a unanimous “Do Pass” recommendation to the Assembly as a whole.  The Bill now is waiting for the Assembly to vote on it.  

We need you to call and write them and ask them to please vote for SB 131.  

This time the way in which we can contact them will be different.    There are forty-two members of the Assembly.  It is not practical for you to write a letter or enter all their names and e-mail addresses into your communication devices to reach out to each of them individually.    

The best way for all of us to touch them now is to call.

When you call the operator will assist you by taking your message.  You can send the message to all the Assembly members at one time.

It is always a good idea to let the Assembly person in whose District you live know what you are interested in and how you want them to vote.  If you do not know who your Assembly Representative is the operator can assist you to find out when you call.  The operator can then transfer you to your Assemblypersons office to leave a message telling them you are their Constituent and ask for them to vote for SB 131.    

Please do this immediately as there could be a vote on the Assembly floor as soon as this Friday.  

The “Prescription Readers” are badly needed to enable those who cannot read the prescription labels to have the label read so they know which medication they are taking.  Most of us have heard how dangerous it is to take the wrong medications.  It is time to put a stop to putting the blind in the hospital or worse.  A simple “Prescription Reader” is all that is needed.  This Bill will take us one step closer to providing them.  

Here are the telephone numbers to call them to leave a message:

From Northern Nevada 1-775-684-6800
From Southern Nevada 1-702-486-2626
Toll Free 1-800-978-2878
Toll Free Fax 1-866-543-9941



                                      (Legislators Name here)

Nevada Legislature

401 S. Carson Street

Carson City, NV 89701-4747
Thank you for your anticipated assistance.  Your voice is important.


Rick Kuhlmey



St. Matthews Community Pharmacy in Louisville, KY offers ScripTalk and ScripView Labels

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Louisville, KY – (April 3, 2014) St. Matthews Community Pharmacy is now offering two solutions for persons who cannot read the print on their prescription drug container labels.  Often those who are visually impaired, elderly, or have other print-impaired disabilities find their independence and safety endangered by inadvertently taking the wrong medication, the wrong amount or under the wrong instructions because they cannot read the label.  Patients can receive either ScripTalk audible labels or ScripView large print labels based on their need.

ScripTalk is an audible prescription reader.  The ScripTalk label is embedded with a microchip and is programmed with all the printed label data. The patient places the container onto a small hand-held reader, and with the press of a button, is able to listen to the information including patient name, drug name and instructions, pharmacy contact information, warnings and more. Deaf-Blind users can request ScripTalk User software to export text to their Braille browser display.

ScripView is a large-print, booklet-style label attached to the prescription container. It provides easy access to the prescription label for those with low vision. The label contains all the same information as the pharmacy’s regular label, but in large print, as well as a 2D barcode that can be scanned by an iOS device for an audible version using the ScripView app.

The ScripTalk service is free.  To receive ScripTalk or ScripView prescriptions customers should contact St. Matthews Community Pharmacy at 502-690-4462.  For those who cannot drive or live outside the Louisville area but would still like ScripTalk, St. Matthews offers delivery and mailing of prescriptions within Kentucky.  St. Matthews Community Pharmacy is one of only two pharmacies in Kentucky offering ScripTalk at this time.

About St. Matthews Community Pharmacy: St. Matthews Community Pharmacy is an independently owned pharmacy. Their focus is to provide patients and providers superior pharmaceutical care, focusing on the individual needs of those they serve.  It is their mission to help you prevent and control chronic health conditions by working collaboratively with your provider to achieve the highest quality of care. Through the use of innovative services and emphasis on wellness and integrative pharmacy, they will improve your pharmacy experience.  Their pharmacists are at the forefront of patient care, and they are more involved in your care than you would typically expect from your community pharmacist.

St. Matthews Community Pharmacy offers other services including medication compounding, medication packaging/organization, medication therapy management, and immunizations. They accept most major commercial insurance plans, Medicare Part D, and Kentucky Medicaid.

Their second location is Commons Community Pharmacy located in Norton Commons.

About En-Vision America: En-Vision America, Inc. is provides products aimed at solving problems for those with visual impairments.  Founded by Philip C. and David B. Raistrick in 1996, they began by inventing products to help blind family members.  The cornerstone of the company is to provide customers with greater independence through technology.  For more information about ScripAbility products or to find out if there is another pharmacy located near you or a loved one contact En-Vision America at 309-452-3088 or visit


NCD Applauds Increased Availability of Accessible Prescription Drug Label Information

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Washington, DC – March 20, 2014 – The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy, welcomes the settlement agreement announced March 18 between CVS/pharmacy and the American Council of the Blind, the California Council of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind that will make ‘ScripTalk’ talking prescription labels available to online and mail order customers across the United States. CVS customers who are blind or visually impaired may obtain a free device to read the labels.

“Accessible prescription labels equal independence,” said NCD’s Janice Lehrer-Stein. “We applaud this agreement and look forward to the day when full inclusion and accessibility with the medications we take becomes the new standard. The commitment to accessible label information by CVS is an important and necessary step forward toward ensuring safety for millions of prescription drug users including seniors and persons with vision-related disabilities.”

“No one should have to risk injury or worse when taking prescription medications,” said NCD Chair Jeff Rosen. “As the agreement between CVS, the American Council of the Blind, the California Council of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind illustrates, the technology to make talking prescription labels accessible to customers with disabilities is increasingly available and should become the standard used by all pharmacy vendors.”

A company news release reported: “CVS will also continue to meet with the organizations to discuss other alternative methodologies to improve accessibility to prescription label information and drug monograph information for patients and customers with visual impairments.”

Background on Accessible Prescription Drug Labels:

In July 2012, President Obama signed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety and Innovation Act (s.3187) into law requiring the United States Access Board to convene a working group of consumer and industry stakeholders to compile best practices for making information on prescription drug container labels accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired or who are elderly. The 18-member working group included representatives of national organizations representing individuals and seniors who are blind or have low vision and pharmaceutical companies and industry groups. Best practices for pharmacies to use, including specific directions for different formats or options, were compiled by the working group and submitted to the Access Board. The National Council on Disability is conducting public awareness around the findings of the report.


To read the Access Board Working Group’s report, “Best Practices for Making Prescription Drug Container Label Information Accessible to Persons Who are Blind or Visually-Impaired or Who are Elderly,” go to:

About the National Council on Disability (NCD): NCD is an independent federal agency of 15 Presidentially-appointed Council Members and full-time professional staff, who advise the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy, programs, and practices.

To see original posting:


For 14 Million Americans, Accessible Rx Labels Equal Independence

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Check out this blog posting on the blog website by Guest Blogger Janice Lehrer-Stein, a Member of the National Council on Disability.


CVS Online Pharmacy Now Offers ScripTalk Containers

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Woonsocket, Rhode Island (March 18, 2014) – CVS/pharmacy announced today that it now provides ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its online pharmacy, The ScripTalk labels provide a safe and convenient way to access information on prescription labels for individuals who cannot read standard print.  The ScripTalk labels are free to pharmacy customers who are blind or visually impaired. Customers can also obtain a free ScripTalk reader from Envision America that will enable them to listen to the information on the ScripTalk label.

We are pleased to offer the ScripTalk service to our online pharmacy customers who are visually impaired. Enhancing access to important information about prescriptions is in keeping with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.Josh Flum, Senior Vice President of Retail Pharmacy at CVS Caremark

Today’s announcement is the result of collaboration between CVS/pharmacy, the American Foundation for the Blind, American Council of the Blind and California Council of the Blind. These groups applauded CVS/pharmacy’s actions.

“The lack of accessible labels on prescription drug containers puts people with vision loss at serious risk of medication mishaps,” said Paul Schroeder, Vice President of Programs & Policy at the American Foundation for the Blind. “We applaud CVS/pharmacy for taking steps to provide speech access to label information for customers with vision loss along with its willingness to evaluate methods to improve large print labels.”

“This agreement is a positive step that allows for a greater level of privacy, safety, and independence for blind and visually impaired Americans of all ages who take prescription medications,” said Kim Charlson, president of the American Council of the Blind.

“The California Council of the Blind applauds CVS’s willingness to offer access to the information on prescription medication labels.  As a result of this initiative, persons who are blind or visually impaired who use CVS mail order to fill their prescription needs will have the same direct, and independent access to label information as do sighted customers,” stated Donna Pomerantz, President, California Council of the Blind.

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