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New prescription labeling law proposed in California

The bill would require labels to be printed in other languages for non-English speakers.

A bill moving its way through the California legislature would require pharmacies to print prescription labels in one of five forgeign languages for non-English speakers, according to Capital Public Radio.

The required languages would be Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Korean and Russian.

Currently, pharmacies must provide verbal translations for non-English speakers, but this would take it a bit further, which supporters of the bill say may help with patient adherence.

"By ensuring that they have access to medical information, it will help reduce medical errors, and ensure that patients are complying with their prescription information," Kimberly Chen of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, told the station.

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