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Source: Associated Press
Subject: Language Access
Type: Media Coverage

NY Law Focuses on Prescription Translations

NEW
YORK
(AP) — New York City‘s public
advocate says many New Yorkers with limited or no English are at medical risk
because pharmacies do not provide translations on how they should take their
medication.

 

Public Advocate Betsy
Gotbaum said Tuesday that legislation she introduced in October would change
that.

 

Last month, two of the
nation’s largest pharmacy chains — CVS and Rite Aid — entered agreements with
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to provide their New York customers with prescription
medication instructions in their primary language.

 


But a not-for-profit
group,
Make the Road New York, estimates that more than 75 percent of New York City pharmacies
are unaffected by this agreement.