Fruth Pharmacy and the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia, Huntington Area Chapter to Host Demo of New Audio Prescription Label

June 1, 2015

On June 13th at the Cabell County Public Library, Brad Hodges will join Drew Massey, Clinical Services Coordinator for Fruth Pharmacy in demonstrating a new audio prescription label.

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Huntington, W.Va. (June 1, 2015) — On June 13

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at the Cabell County Public Library, Brad Hodges President of the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia, Huntington Area Chapter, will join Drew Massey, Clinical Services Coordinator for Fruth Pharmacy in demonstrating a new audio prescription label. The audio label demonstration coincides with the Chapters regular monthly meeting, and will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The new audio label was developed by AccessaMed

. For the visually impaired or those who have difficulty reading or reading small print, the AccessaMed

audio label makes prescription label reading more safe and convenient. The prescription bottle has a device attached to it with a button. Once the button is pushed, the directions for the medication are spoken in a loud clear voice. Printed instructions are also located on the bottle.

“Having Equal access to all of the printed information which appears on prescription packaging is a very important thing,” Brad Hodges began, “many people do not have formal training in the alternative ways of doing things without their vision. Blind people often use alternative techniques of blindness, such as putting a piece of tape or something else that can be felt, to distinguish between prescription bottles. If medications feel similar, a mix-up can occur. This may not be problematic if it were a can of soup. You may have wanted chicken and noodle and end up with tomato, however, when it comes to taking prescription medication a mix-up could potentially be life-threatening. Accessamed’s new audio label will improve the safety of prescription medication for many who experience low to no vision, or other print disabilities,” Hodges completed.

Fruth Pharmacy’s goal was to offer a label that made it easier for patients suffering from vision or reading issues to understand prescription labels. After partnering with Accessamed

, Fruth Pharmacy is proud to be one of the first pharmacies in the area to offer this technology to patients requiring assistance with their prescription labels.

“Another great thing about Fruth Pharmacy carrying this label is their delivery service. Other items can be delivered along with your prescription. I checked it out, prices are reasonable. You expect to pay a premium for convenience, but not at Fruth Pharmacy. The price of using cabs really adds up over a month, so for our members who don’t have a regular driver this service can be extremely beneficial,” Hodges added.

If you are interested in a demonstration of this new technology, please visit the Cabell County Public Library on June 13

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at 11:00. The demonstration will be held in Meeting Room 2, Third Floor. Cabell County Public Library’s street address is 455 9

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Street, Huntington, WV. Free refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to nfbhungtington@aol.com or call Brad Hodges directly at 304-691-0632. RSVP is appreciated but not required.

The Huntington Area Chapter is a part of the National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind people in the country. They are available to help people understand blindness and teach ways to live with blindness. If you need assistance, please contact nfbhuntington@aol.com.

Fruth Pharmacy has been a family owned company for over 62 years. With over 26 locations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, Fruth Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy, providing immunizations, prescription savings club, prescription counseling, prescription ordering online and with a mobile app, and more. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit the website at

http://www.fruthpharmacy.com

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