Posts Tagged ‘Accessible Prescription Labels’

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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 www.envisionamerica.com.

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 cnib.ca.

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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 www.envisionamerica.com. For media inquiries, contact Jenna Reed at jreed@envisionamerica.com.

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 http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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 www.acb.org.

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Dr. Bill Features ScripTalk and the ID Mate on Let’s Talk Low Vision Podcast By the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Listen in as Dr. Bill Takeshita interviews June Robbins from En-Vision America about accessible prescription labels such as ScripTalk talking labels and the id mate Galaxy talking bar code scanner.

Click HERE to listen or go to the following link:

http://www.airsla.org/broadcasts/CCLVI190220_1.mp3

or you can go to the following link at http://ltlv.cclvi.org/schedule and then go to the Feb 19 script talk link.  Then press return and then the show will start playing in a new window.

 

Christine Chaikin,  Director

Email: director17@cclvi.org

Please join the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) for their monthly telephone series, “Let’s Talk Low Vision with Dr. Bill”

When: every 3rd Tuesday

Time: 8:30PM eastern 5:30PM pacific

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Council-of-Citizens-with-Low-Vision-International-1498163453802839/

Twitter:

https://www.twitter.com/CCLVI_Intl

Linked in:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cclvi-council-of-citizens-with-low-vision-int-5938a0174?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_contact_details%3BDy7B%2BduxR1Gnr23idtPiRA%3D%3D

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Dave Raistrick Featured on The Pulse Podcast Hosted by AMI’s Dave Brown

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Listen to The Pulse Podcast as Dave Brown from Accessible Media interviews En-Vision America’s VP/CTO Dave Raistrick about accessible technology! 

Link: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-pulse-on-amiaudio/e/58368641?autoplay=true

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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 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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Help for People Who Are Blind, Visually and Print Impaired – Sam From The Blind Life Talks About Accessible Prescription Labels and How To Get Them

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

In this video, Sam from The Blind Life talks about accessible prescription labels such as ScripTalk talking labels, large print and Braille labels, and how anyone can get these labels by requesting them from a participating pharmacy. 

Video link: 

https://youtu.be/majAcdyZ-gA 

Thank you Sam Seavey for spreading the word about accessible prescription labels! Be sure to subscribe to Sam’s YouTube channel and check out his other fantastic videos! 

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The Blind Side podcast – Jonathan Mosen talks with En-Vision America about id mate talking bar code scanner and accessible prescription labels

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Jonathan Mosen features En-Vision America in his The Blind Side podcast.

Here’s a direct link to the MP3.

Thank you Jonathan Mosen! 

Mosen Consulting

Blindness technology eBooks, audiobooks and training

http://www.mosen.org

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Talking Prescriptions for People with Low Vision Now State Law in Nevada

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

ABC Channel 3 in Las Vegas covers the new law in Nevada mandating talking prescription readers. Read more 

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Accessible Prescription Labels Featured on ABC30 Action News Fresno California

Friday, December 8th, 2017

ScripTalk talking labels and Fresno Medical Center featured on ABC30 Action News

 
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