Congratulations Walmart! The Walmart press release posted here announces a pilot program in which Talking Prescription Containers will be available for blind Walmart customers across the country through Walmart mail order, and also for blind customers at three Walmart stores. This is the first time in the United States that a national pharmacy retailer has piloted talking prescription technology on a national basis. Wal-Mart is working with En-Vision America, maker of the ScripTalk talking prescription program.
The release is the result of Structured Negotiations among Walmart, the American Council of the Blind, the American Foundation for the Blind and the California Council of the Blind. The blind organizations are represented by The Law Office of Lainey Feingold, and Linda Dardarian of the Oakland civil rights firm Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen and Dardarian.
Walmart Pilots ScripTalk Talking Prescription Program through Walmart Mail Order and in Three Select Stores
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (June 8, 2012) – Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced today that it is piloting a test program with En-Vision America to offer ScripTalk, a talking prescription system that provides those who cannot read standard print a safe and easy way to access the information on their prescriptions. ScripTalk is currently being offered to customers with visual impairments across the country through Walmart Mail Order and in three test stores. The program is free to Walmart pharmacy customers who are blind or visually-impaired.
ScripTalk is currently available nationally through Walmart Mail Order and in the pharmacy at the following stores
- 214 Haynes St., Talladega, AL 35160
- 2270 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801
- 601 Englewood Pkwy., Englewood, CO 80110
Walmart is committed to offering affordable healthcare solutions to its customers, including those with disabilities. The retailer is always testing new programs to meet customers’ needs and is working closely with the American Foundation for the Blind, the American Council of the Blind and the California Council of the Blind to pilot this service for customers with visual impairments.
For more than 21.5 million Americans living with significant vision loss, properly identifying and taking prescription medications is challenging because they can’t read container labeling.” The Walmart pilot program addresses this often overlooked public health challenge. — Paul Schroeder, vice president for programs and policy, American Foundation for the Blind
Today’s announcement demonstrates Walmart’s significant leadership in serving its customers with visual impairments. This pilot is an important step in ensuring that people who cannot read standard print get the information they need to safely take prescription medications. — Mitch Pomerantz, president, American Council of the Blind
A prescription provided with ScripTalk has an electronic chip embedded in the standard print label. To hear the information on the chip, the customer simply places the prescription container on the ScripTalk device and presses the button.
Interested customers who either presently fill or would like to fill prescriptions through Walmart Mail Order or at the pilot stores listed can contact En-Vision America at 800-890-1180 to request a free ScripTalk Talking prescription reader.
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