The "Eyes" Have It

The "Eyes" Have It

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Safety and Innovation Act moved one step closer to final approval this week when it was passed by Congress.  The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Obama later this summer.

The intent of the bill is to continue the agency’s mission to protect and promote the public health.

One section of the bill that holds special interest to us is Section 904 which promotes the Accessibility of Information on Prescription Drug Container Labels by Visually Impaired and Blind Consumers.  If passed into law, this provision will establish a working group of representatives of national organizations representing blind and visually impaired individuals and the elderly, and industry groups representing stakeholders, including retail, mail-order, and independent community pharmacies to develop best practices to ensure that blind and visually impaired individuals have safe, consistent, reliable, and independent access to the information on prescription drug container labels.

As a leading provider of Specialty Pharmacy services, we welcome the opportunity to continue serving our patients and promoting best practices to ensure their safety.