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August 20, 2013 > Corbett Bill requires large type prescription labels

Corbett Bill requires large type prescription labels

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

Local Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett authored a bill that was approved by the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee August 13, 2013. The bill requires pharmacists to print specific items on a prescription drug label in at least 12 point font.

In 2007, Senator Corbett comprised a similar bill, SB 472, requiring the Board of Pharmacy to standardize the prescription drug label making it more patient friendly. After conducting a survey in 2009, the Board found that 60% of participants agreed that making the label's font bigger and bolder would make prescription drug labels easier to read.

"SB 205 is a patient-centered bill requires pharmacists to print specific items on prescription labels in at least 12 point font. Those items include patient's name, drug's name and strength, directions for use and the condition for which the drug was prescribed," Senator Corbett said. "Patients should not have to struggle to read their prescriptions."

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