A new law aimed at assisting patients who are unable to read their own prescription labels took effect this year in Nevada.
Senate Bill 131 was sponsored by State Sen. Mo Denis, D-District 2 and requires pharmacies in the state to provide patients access to audio devices that can read their prescription labels for them.
Rick Kuhlmey, president of the Nevada Council of the Blind, said the technology has been around for decades but it wasn't until a recent push by his organization that lawmakers knew about it.
He said someone must read the information about each prescription into the reader, which is a small electronic device, the patient then scans a small chip attached to the bottom of the pill bottle into the reader and information about the prescription is read back.
Kuhlmey said the device isn't just for people who are blind or visually impaired he said people who have dyslexia or people who have a tremor in their hands could use it.
He said patients need to talk to their pharmacists about getting the device and they should provide it to them for free or at a very low cost.
Rick Kuhlmey, president, Nevada Council of the Blind
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