Pharmacies to translate instructions

April 21, 2009 2:50:06 PM PDT
Five companies, including Target, Wal-Mart and Costco, have agreed to have their pharmacies translate prescription drug instructions into customers' primary languages. Duane Reade, the largest pharmacy chain in New York City, has also agreed to the translation process, as has A&P, which operates Super Fresh, Food Emporium and other supermarkets on the East Coast.

In agreements with the state attorney general, the companies pledged to counsel and provide written translations in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian and French. The companies didn't agree to provide information in Polish, although other pharmacies agreed to that in previous deals with the attorney general.

The agreements cover more than 700 stores statewide.


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