Hy-Vee pharmacies now offering talking prescriptions to help pharmacy patients

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WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (WMBD) — Hy-Vee announced that it will be offering talking prescription labels in 26 languages to visually and print-impaired patients Friday.

According to a press release, the talking prescription labels will be made free to all Hy-Vee Pharmacy patients through a partnership with En-Vision America.

En-Vision America’s ScripTalk product places a small electric tag on the prescription packaging. Patients will be able to scan the tag with a ScripTalk reader or the free ScripTalk mobile app and have all the prescription information read aloud.

Kristin Williams, executive vice president and chief health officer for Hy-Vee, said it is their mission to make health care more accessible.

“Through our partnership with En-Vision America, we now offer a solution to help improve the health outcomes for our visually- and print-impaired patients, along with our non-English speaking patients who often face language barriers to health care,” Williams said.

The prescription can also be translated into more than 25 different languages, including:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Burmese
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • Chinese (traditional)
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Nepali
  • Pashtu
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

“At En-Vision America, patient safety is paramount. For individuals who have trouble reading their prescription labels, the dangers of mistakes and hospitalizations are real,” said David Raistrick, president of En-Vision America. “We’re very excited to partner with Hy-Vee — a company that recognizes the need to bolster medication safety and independence for patients with print impairments or speak English as a second language.”

Hy-Vee patients can contact their local Hy-Vee Pharmacy to enroll in ScripTalk’s talking prescription labels program.

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