senate Bill S7573

Increases the font size on prescription labels to at least fourteen point print

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 15 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH

Summary

Increases the font size on prescription labels to at least fourteen point print.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7573
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง206, Pub Health L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7573

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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7573

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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

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