SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y pharmacies and En-Vision America have recently partnered on a pair of novel programs designed to improve compliance among seniors with impaired vision.
"The pharmacists are engaging with all patients and making them aware of this new service," Jan Winn, Big Y director of pharmacy, HABC and GM, shared with DSN. "The larger print labels are a big hit with the 'babyboom' generation."
For elderly patients, Big Y is offering En-Vision America's ScripView, which features large-print medicine labels, and ScripTalk, which provides audio instructions regarding their medicines.
ScripView contains all the same information as a medicines's traditional label, but in large print for those with low vision.
The ScripTalk label is embedded with a microchip that, when paired with a small hand-held reader that is free to the patient, reads the prescription instructions aloud, including patient name, drug name and instructions and pharmacy contact information.
“These labels give patients independence," stated Anna McClure, director of marketing at En-Vision America. “We are so excited to work with innovative pharmacies across the country that are providing accessible prescriptions to their patients. There are stories all the time of terrible mix-ups and mistakes. Our goal is to ensure it never happens again.”
“Big Y is proud to provide this new service to our vision–impaired customers,” commented Nicole Schneider, senior manager of pharmacy operations. “We are constantly seeking new ways to enhance our customers’ pharmacy experience and this is just one simple way we can help our customers remain safe when taking their prescription medications.”