Proposed Law Would Require 12 Point Font on Prescription Drug Labels

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SACRAMENTO—

Having trouble reading items on your prescription labels? A new bill that just passed committee plans on making sure the font is always large enough to read.

The bill – SB 205, authored by East Bay politician and Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett – will require pharmacists to print certain things on prescription labels in at least 12-point font.

Familiar? If you remember your high school English classes, 12-point font is the MLA Format standard for most papers.

According to a release from Corbett’s office, the proposed legislation came about after a 2009 survey that found that a clear majority of participants in the survey would like to see larger or bolder fonts to make labels easier to read.

Further, projections from the California Department on Aging show that the state’s over 60 population will increase by over 110% by 2020.

The bill passed the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee Tuesday and will soon be voted on by the full legislature.

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