In a major disappointment, the California Board of Pharmacy today passed watered-down regulations, rolling back an effort by consumers and community of color groups to make prescription drug labels more understandable.
Issues include the minimum size of the text (10 point vs. 12 point) for easy-reading by seniors, and a requirement of instructions written in the patient’s appropriate language, for California’s diverse populations that may not read English.
The new rules effectively gut the bill, SB472(Corbett), only requiring a 10 point font. Oral interpretation would be provided only if available, and their was no requirement for translations.
This is not just a consumer convenience, but could have medical and health outcomes, to make sure people take their medications with the right dosages.
Consumer advocacy groups like the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) and the California Alliance of Retired Americans (CARA) will continue to work on this issue, as will Senator Corbett. More information to follow.