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Bartell Drugs now offering accessible prescription labels for visually impaired patients

Oct. 17th, 2016, 9:00 pm - Dec. 31st, 2016, 10:00 pm

SEATTLE – Bartell Drugs is now offering three solutions for persons with visual impairment who cannot read the print on their prescription drug container labels. 

Patients can receive either ScripTalk audible labels, ScripView large print labels, or Braille labels based on their need.  Accessible prescription labels help low-vision patients safely and independently manage their medications and communicate more effectively with their pharmacist about their prescription needs.

“It’s extremely important that patients know and understand the instructions for their medications,” says Bartell Drugs’ Vice President of Pharmacy Operations and Clinical Services, Billy Chow. “This can be challenging for our patients with visual impairments. Having this system guarantees those individuals full and unhindered access to accurate information in a format that is tailored for their needs.”

ScripTalk is an audible prescription reader.  The ScripTalk label is embedded with a microchip and is programmed with all the printed label data. The patient places the container onto a small hand-held reader, and with the press of a button, is able to listen to the information including patient name, drug name and instructions, pharmacy contact information, warnings and more. Deaf-Blind users can request ScripTalk User software to export text to their Braille browser display.  The ScripTalk reader is provided free by En-Vision America, Inc.

ScripView is a large-print, booklet-style label attached to the prescription container. It provides easy access to the prescription label for those with low vision. The label contains all the same information as the pharmacy’s regular label, but in large print.  The pharmacist can edit the font size based upon the need of the patient.

Braille label tape can be added to a prescription with basic medication information.

The accessible label service is free to those who request it.  To receive ScripTalk, ScripView or Braille labels, patients should discuss which accommodation would be best for them with their local Bartell Drugs’ pharmacist.

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About Bartell Drugs:

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

About En-Vision America: En-Vision America, Inc. is provides products aimed at solving problems for those with visual impairments.  Founded by Philip C. and David B. Raistrick in 1996, they began by inventing products to help blind family members.  The cornerstone of the company is to provide customers with greater independence through technology.  For more information about ScripAbility products or to find the pharmacy nearest you, contact En-Vision America at 800-890-1180 or visit www.ScripAbility.com

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Media Contact:

Ric Brewer, Senior Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416 (office), 206-276-5200 (cell), or ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

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