Pharmacies agree to translate drug instructions

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet on November 26, 2008

In New York, two major pharmacy changes have agreed to to translate prescription drug instructions into the primary minority languages spoken by their customers. In our increasingly diverse society, the translation of necessary materials such as these is becoming more widespread, due to increased customer demand, and resulting legislation.

According to the Associated Press article, “state law requires pharmacists to provide information about prescription drugs orally and in writing and prohibits discriminating against non-English speakers, officials said. Census data show more than 1 million New Yorkers who do not speak English well or at all, according to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. He said misunderstanding dosages, side effects and allergic reactions can be 'a matter of life and death.'"

Topics: Translation, Healthcare