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September 2, 2014 > Prescription Label bill heads to governorÕs desk

Prescription Label bill heads to governorÕs desk

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

Legislation authored by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) that requires the California Board of Pharmacy (Board) to reveal information that will help improve the health and safety of patients in California passed its final hurdle in the Legislature on August 26 and proceeds to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration.

Sponsored by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, SB 204 requires the Board to conduct surveys of pharmacists and electronic health record vendors to determine whether or not the standardized directions for use on prescription labels are being used. If other non-standard directions are being used, this bill will help determine what the barriers are to standardized directionsÕ consistent use. SB 204 also compels the Board to publicly report the survey results in 2016 and publish those findings on its website.

As a result of SB 472 (Corbett, 2007), the Board previously adopted regulations to develop a patient-centered prescription label and standardized directions for use in 2010. SB 204 is the next logical step in that legislative evolution to keeping patients safe by ensuring standardized labeling protocols.

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