Prescription software companies are addressing this issue by providing a simple solution by increasing the size of the font on labels. This will be effective in some situations; however, there is an opportunity for enterprising companies to provide easier, more efficient and more user-friendly options for patients with significant visual impairment.
Currently, two different companies are providing label reader options for the visually impaired. Each has a different approach for providing the prescription label information to the visually impaired consumer and they utilize different technologies. You may review them here:
In addition to the prescription label, patients also receive written Consumer Medication Information. Patients may ask their pharmacy to provide written Consumer Medication Information with large print so it is easier to read. Those who are blind, cannot read, or prefer audio can LISTEN to their Consumer Medication Information at AudibleRx. If you or your family members are visually impaired, please ask your pharmacist for an accessible prescription label option.
Steve Leuck, Pharm.D., is President/Owner of AudibleRx. Dr. Leuck also works full time as a Community Pharmacist in a clinic setting where he practices his counseling on a daily basis.
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