Directs the commissioner of health to promulgate rules and regulations for the labeling of prescription drugs in other than English.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to labeling of prescription drugs in languages other than English
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to direct the commissioner of health to promulgate rules and regulations for the labeling of prescription drugs in another language other than English.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill intends to incorporate a new subdivision into Section 1.
Section 206 of the New York State Public Health Law. Subdivision 29 which will amend the New York State Public Health Law will state, that the commissioner shall promulgate by rule and regulation criteria directing pharmacies to provide prescription bottle labels, which include instructions for taking the medicine, in languages other than English.
EXISTING LAW: None.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.7141 2008 03/12/08 Referred to Health Committee S.708 2010 Referred to Health S.3972-A 03/11/11 - Referred to Health 01/04/12 - Referred to Health 02/01/12 - Amend and Recommit to Health 02/01/12 - Print Number 3972A
JUSTIFICATION: Throughout the whole State of New York there a number of different nationalities. Having such a diverse population we must make some types of adjustments to accommodate everyone in our state. One of the things that I want to change is the way that the prescription. drugs label there products. There are only a few languages that are currently translated to the label of prescription drugs. It's very dangerous that some people don't understand the languages on these prescription drugs. Not knowing what dosage to take and when to take a medicine is an issue that a lot of people face today because they lack an understanding of the language in which prescription drugs are written in. We should provide a system were a customer comes in and they ask for a language of choice and they get that language they ask for on their prescription label. By having more available language translations of prescription drugs we provide more safety for anyone who are taking prescription drugs.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: On the 120th day it shall have become law; provided, however that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or
repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2717 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADAMS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to labeling of prescription drugs in languages other than English THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 206 of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 29 to read as follows: 29. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE BY RULE AND REGULATION CRITERIA DIRECTING PHARMACIES TO PROVIDE PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE LABELS, WHICH INCLUDE INSTRUCTIONS FOR TAKING THE MEDICINE, IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Provided, however, that effective immediate- ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06054-01-3