Increases the font size on prescription labels to at least fourteen point print.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to labeling and font size of prescription drugs
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill increases the font size on prescription labels to at least fourteen point print.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the section 206 of the public health law by adding a new subdivision directing by rule and regulation criteria, pharmacies to provide prescription bottle labels in a font size of at least fourteen point print.
Section 2 provides 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 are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such dates.
JUSTIFICATION: New York State ranks third in the nation with regard to its elderly population. Older adults in the 60-plus age group are significantly less likely to be able to read prescription drug labels than younger adults. This is a large problem because older adults take more prescription medications than younger adults, and as a result are more at risk from the ill effects associated with mistaken intake of prescribed medications associate with the illegible font of prescription labels.
The warnings on prescription drug labels are important to them, yet they're less likely to find these warnings if they are printed in a 12 or lower point font. With an increase in font sizes, older adults will be more aware of the frequency of when they should be taking the drugs, and what to avoid in comprehension with the prescribed medication.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None. This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This shall take effect the on hundred and twentieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7573 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- 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 and font size of prescription drugs 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 IN A FONT SIZE OF AT LEAST FOURTEEN POINT PRINT. 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. LBD15208-02-4