Pharmacies to make Rx info available in different languages
New York City Customers at about 700 pharmacies in New York State will soon be able to obtain information about their prescription drugs in five languages including English, according to published reports.
The Associated Press said that Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, A&P and Duane Reade made an agreement with the state government to provide translations of drug instructions in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian and French.
An investigation by state attorney general Andrew Cuomo found that pharmacies often did not provide customers who don’t speak English with information about their drugs, according to AP.
The companies, which together have 700 stores in New York State, agreed with state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to counsel and provide written translations in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian and French. The companies didn’t agree to Polish translations, although other pharmacies agreed to that in previous deals with the attorney general.
Cuomo started investigating pharmacy policies and procedures after getting complaints from the organization Make the Road New York, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that supports New York City’s low-income and immigrant population.
The investigation found that pharmacies routinely fail to advise non-English speaking customers in their own language about the purpose, dosage and side effects of their medications.
Cuomo reached similar agreements last year with Rite Aid and CVS pharmacies.
“Prescription information can literally be a matter of life and death,” Cuomo said in a written statement.
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Glass retires from Wal-Mart board
BENTONVILLE, Ark. Former Wal-Mart president and CEO David Glass has chosen not to stand for re-election to the company’s board of directors at Wal-Mart’s annual shareholders’ meeting on June 5.
Glass joined Wal-Mart as EVP finance in 1976, was elected to its board a year later and named president in 1984. He succeeded the company’s founder Sam Walton as president and CEO in January 1988 and remained in that position until retiring in January 2000.
Michaels hosts Mother’s Day craft events
IRVING, Texas Michaels announced it will host a week of free Mother’s Day events May 2 through May 10.
The events, in all U.S. and Canada stores, will feature Michaels’ Top 5 Mother’s Day personalized projects: picture frames, decorated T-shirts, jewelry, cards and paper flower bouquets. Other workshops include keepsake corsages, keepsake plates and coupon books moms can redeem with her kids for chores and favors.
“We know families are very busy and these free workshops will give them an easy, convenient and inexpensive way to make Mother’s Day special on any budget,” said Michaels’ chief marketing officer Stuart Aitken. “Our customer survey showed that more than 90% of people said a thoughtful, handmade gift would be valued, and moms especially treasure gifts made for them by their children.”
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