4. Background and Additional Resources


The background white paper for this project:

Adopting an Easy-to-Read Medication Label in Wisconsin, found at Bit.ly/MedLabel


Wisconsin Labeling Requirements Summary (including Federal Requirements)

As of June 2016

These elements must be included on the label, as required by law.

  • Name and address of licensed pharmacy
  • Phone number of pharmacy (if out-of-state)
  • Date dispensed
  • Rx number from dispensing pharmacy
  • Name of prescriber
  • Full name of patient
  • Directions for use and cautionary statements
  • Name an strength of drug, (unless prescriber says no)
  • Symptom or purpose of drug (if submitted by prescriber)
  • Brand name may include generic (prescriber can say no)
  • Generic must name manufacturer
  • Transfer warning statement


Practice Journal Articles

Wood, B. Medication Adherence: The Real Problem When Treating Chronic Conditions https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/medication-adherence-the-real-problem-when-treating-chronic-conditions

Lee, Charles. Patient Understanding: The Cornerstone of Medication Adherence http://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/directions-in-pharmacy/2015/may2015/patient-understanding-the-cornerstone-of-medication-adherence

Thurmer, A. Building a Patient-Centered Medication Label http://bit.ly/2icj6AF


Scholarly Articles

Davis TC, Wolf M et al, Literacy and Misunderstanding Prescription Drug Labels.

Institute of Medicine. Standardizing Medication Labels: Confusing Patients Less.

Smith, Michelle Cruz Jimenez et al. Lost in translation: Medication labeling for immigrant families.
http://www.japha.org/article/S1544-3191(16)30733-6/abstract (JAPhA membership required)

Wolf M, Bailey, SC. The Role of Health Literacy in Patient Safety.

Wolf M et al, To err is human: Patient misinterpretations of prescription drug label instructions.

Wolf M, Davis TC et al, Effect of Standardized, Patient-Centered Label Instructions to Improve Comprehension of Prescription Drug Use.