It's 2015: Where does the FDA Safety & Innovation Act Stand?

As we've mentioned before in our 2013, 2014 and Enforcement White Papers, the FDA is scheduled to begin their pharmacy audit this month. As part, the US Comptroller General is scoped to review how pharmacies are utilizing the Access Board's Best Practices and what barriers to accessible labels the visually-impaired community continues to see.

Since we have now reached the FDA's first deadline, you are probably wondering where the industry stands. To date, we have not seen any movement from the FDA or the Council on Disability, who were tasked with educating the industry and enforcing the January audit.   Since the responsible parties have been at arm’s length, third party efforts have been forced to take place. The Law Office of Lainey Feingold continues to engage in structured negotiations with top U.S pharmacies regarding accessible labeling. As an update, CVS/pharmacy recently extended its program and will continue to offer accessible labels via mails order. Walmart has opened its accessible label program to its visually impaired customers in all US locations. Walgreens continues its nationwide program offering pharmacist-recorded talking prescription devices to customers with visual impairments. 
 
While this movement is commendable, we believe the overall effort from these industries has been tepid. Due to the lack of education and awareness that was tasked to the FDA and Council on Disabilities, many local, regional and national pharmacies are not aware of the Best Practices, the facts about the Americans with Disabilities Act and the importance of accessible labeling for their visually impaired customers.

We are taking the initiative in 2015 to help fill in these gaps through education about accessible labeling, research on insurance coverage and show why the AccessaMed Digital Audio Label is the preferred choice. Our goal is to provide you with the updated facts so you can make an informed decision about the solution that best fits your needs.

Published on Jan 19, 2015.

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