ORS 689.561
Prescription readers; compatible labels; exception; rules


As used in this section:


“Person who is blind” means a person who is:


Visually impaired;


Print disabled; or


A person who is blind as that term is defined in ORS 346.510 (Definitions for ORS 346.510 to 346.570).


“Prescription reader” means a device that is designed to audibly convey the information contained on the label of a prescription drug.


Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, a pharmacy shall notify each person to whom a prescription drug is dispensed that a prescription reader is available to the person upon request. If a person informs the pharmacy that the person identifies as a person who is blind, the pharmacy shall provide to the person a prescription reader that is:


Available to the person for at least the duration of the prescription; and


Appropriate to address the person’s visual impairment.


A pharmacy that provides a prescription reader under subsection (2) of this section shall ensure that the prescription label is compatible with the prescription reader.


The requirements of this section do not apply to prescription drugs dispensed by an institutional drug outlet.


The State Board of Pharmacy shall adopt rules to carry out this section. [2019 c.438 §2]
Chapter 689

Notes of Decisions

Board of Pharmacy had authority to adopt rule making drug ephedrine available by prescription only. Northwest Connection v. Board of Pharmacy, 108 Or App 320, 814 P2d 191 (1991)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of board to require retail price list of prescription drugs, (1975) Vol 37, p 345; hospital policy requiring pharmacy department to substitute therapeutically equivalent but not generically identical drugs, (1979) Vol 40, p 145; licensing requirements for hospital technicians employed by state correctional facilities, (1987) Vol 45, p 188

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