Pharmacy access rights for the blind and vision-impaired in New York State.
I have an interest and experience in providing legal help to individuals with all kinds of sensory impairments and disabilities, to ensure they have proper accommodations and access to equal, effective communication under New York State and Federal law. This includes the New York State Civil Rights Law, N.Y.S. Human Rights Law, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This is the first in a series of blog posts describing some of those important legal rights.
Today we begin to talk about access to pharmacies for individuals who are blind and vision-impaired. Nothing could be more important for any person than getting the correct prescription and taking the right medications at the right times. People who are blind and vision-impaired are absolutely entitled to that same, equal level of safety and security in obtaining and taking prescription medications.
Pharmacists employed by licensed pharmacies in New York State are required pursuant to N.Y. Education Law § 6810(1) to affix labels to all prescription medications they dispense, which labels must include, among other things, the directions for use of the drug by the patient as given upon the prescription. The words, statements or other information to be printed on a prescription medication label must be in such terms as to render it likely to be read and understood by the ordinary individual under customary conditions of purchase and use, pursuant to N.Y. Education Law § 6815(2)(c). This would include individuals who are blind or have vision impairments -- requiring labels written in Braille, large print, or with an audible prescription label using text-to-speech and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
If you or someone you know is blind or vision-impaired and cannot obtain proper prescription labeling or equal access and effective communications at a pharmacy in New York State, give me a call or send me an email. I would be pleased to discuss your legal rights in obtaining safe, effective prescription and pharmacy health care in New York.