Two years ago, I received a scholarship from the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International. Because I was a scholarship recipient, I was asked to attend the annual American Council of the Blind convention. At the convention, I became more educated about issues affecting the blind and visually impaired. One of the most discussed issues was the lack of access to information on prescription labels. Being able to read prescription labels is a simple task that most fully sighted persons probably don’t think about.
In a press release last week, Walmart announced that talking prescription containers will be available for their customers with low vision across the country through mail order and at three Walmart stores. Walmart is the first national pharmacy retailer to pilot a test program for a talking prescription system on a national basis.
When I first heard about talking prescription bottles at the ACB convention, it seemed like an interesting invention, but I wondered if I would ever see them in pharmacies. Look at the progress we have made!
The Senate passed an Act. A national retailer announced a pilot program. What will happen next?!?