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Prescription For Small Print? California Approves Legislation for Drug Product Labels

No More Eye Strain In California Thanks To New Product Labels

California residents no longer need to strain their eyes to read prescription product labels. The state Senate passed a bill that prohibits pharmacists from using font smaller than 12-point on prescription labels to ensure consumers can read drug information.

According to The Los Angeles Times, senate bill 205 was introduced by Democratic state Sen. Ellen Corbett after 60 percent of consumers surveyed by the state Board of Pharmacy asked for larger print on prescription labels.

Larger Custom Labels on Prescriptions May Mean Bigger Bottles  Not all Californians see the enhanced custom labels on prescriptions to be an improvement. The Los Angeles Times reports the California Grocers Association opposes the measure, citing the larger typeface settings will force pharmacists to utilize oversized containers just to fit all of the legally required information on.

Sen. Ellen Corbett, who is also the state Senate majority leader, said in a statement the measure will help the increasingly aging California population stay safe.

"SB 205 assists patients to better read the labels on their prescription bottles, since they contain critical information that can keep them safe and potentially save their lives," Corbett said.

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