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Empire Company banners first in Canada with audible prescription labels at in-store pharmacies


Empire Company and its banners are offering audible prescription labels in store at more than 420 pharmacies across the country, a first of its kind at the national level in Canada.

In-store pharmacies include those at Lawtons Drugs, Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, Foodland, IGA (Western Canada) and FreshCo.

ScripTalk audible prescription labels enable blind, low vision or print-impaired pharmacy patients to hear important prescription label information free of charge using En-Vision America’s Pharmacy Freedom Program.

“We’re proud to offer ScripTalk at all of our pharmacies across the country. ScripTalk is an easy-to-use yet innovative technology that is breaking barriers for those who are blind, have experienced vision loss, or are otherwise not able to read vital prescription information,” says Jim Johnston, vice president of operations In-Store Pharmacy, Sobeys Inc. “With this technology, we’re empowering our patients to independently manage their medications safely at our pharmacies, in their homes, or wherever they may be.”

The technology allows pharmacists to code prescription labels with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. Patients use a small, hand-held base prescription reader called the ScripTalk Station Reader, available free of charge, to hear important prescription information and instructions read aloud (i.e. an audible label). Patients can also access talking prescription labels by using En-Vision America’s mobile phone application that is compatible with the coded prescription labels.

Image: En-Vision America 

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