2004N-0221 - Medicare Modernization Act Section 107(f) - Study on Making Prescription Pharmaceutical Information Accessible for Blind and Visually-Impaired Individuals; Establishement of Docket
FDA Comment Number : EC17
Submitter : Mr. Nathanael Wales Date & Time: 07/07/2004 06:07:18
Organization : National Federation of the Blind
Individual Consumer
Category :
Issue Areas/Comments
C. Information About Existing and Emerging Technologies (Including Internet-based Information Sources)
1. What assistive technologies are currently used by people who are blind or visually-impaired? In what setting?
I am blind. I access prescription drug information by discussing it with my doctor, talking with my pharmacist (or the mail order pharmacy), and by having another person read printed information included with my medicine to me. A technology that would read this information to me, such as a bar code reader for drug bottles, with a speech output would be very useful.
2a. What aspects of visual impairement are important to addressing the issue of access to prescription drug information?
I keep trak of my medicine by distinguishing among the size and sometimes the color and shape of bottles.
4. Do thse technologies contribute to an increase or decrease in medication errors reported amongst people who are blind or visually impaired?
Though I cannot accurately answer this question, I can tell you the only error that I have discovered myself making is using medicine after its expiration date. I often discover this while going through my medication in my home with another person volunteering as my reader.