Medication Label Initiative
In this multi-phase initiative, we work with pharmacies and prescribers in Wisconsin to make prescription medication labels easier to understand for patients. Pharmacies across the state have joined the initiative to redesign their medication labels using United States Pharmacopeia (USP) guidelines. We are now in Phase 4 of the initiative, where we will be working with prescribers to adopt the evidence-based Universal Medication Schedule when prescribing medications.
Click on the links below for more information about the different phases and activities in each.
In this phase, Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) studied the feasibility of implementing United States Pharmacopeia (USP) guidelines in Wisconsin. (Completed Fall 2015)
In this pilot phase, WHL partnered with 5 pharmacy organizations to redesign prescription labels using USP guidelines at 67 sites. (Completed December 2017)
In this expanded phase, WHL partnered with 21% of pharmacies across Wisconsin to redesign their prescription labels using USP guidelines.
Pharmacies still interested in participating should read our Implementation Resources and contact Bhumi Khambholja firstname.lastname@example.org or Stan Hudson email@example.com to be connected to our Medication Label Champions Group. This group will help guide pharmacies through the process.
USP guidelines recommend using standardized and clear medication directions so that all patients can interpret these directions and take their medications correctly. In this phase of the project, we will work with prescribers to improve adoption of the Universal Medication Schedule when prescribing medications and communicating directions to patients.
Congratulations to the following pharmacies, clinics, and organizations for joining this project to redesign prescription labels that are easier for patients to read, understand and act upon!
- altScripts Specialty Pharmacy
- Ascension Pharmacy
- Aurora Pharmacy
- Ballweg Family Pharmacy
- Boscobel Pharmacy
- Center Pharmacy
- Chet Johnson Drug
- Community Pharmacy
- Crivitz Pharmacy
- Cross Plains Pharmacy
- Evergreen Pharmacy
- Fitchburg Family Pharmacy
- Forward Pharmacy
- Froedtert Pharmacy
- GHC-SCW Pharmacy
- Gundersen Pharmacy
- Galesville LTC Pharmacy
- Hayat Pharmacy
- Ho-Chunk Nation Pharmacy
- Hometown Pharmacy
- House of Wellness Pharmacy
- Lakeshore Community Health Care
- Lumicera Health Services
- Mayo Clinic Health System Pharmacy
- Morton LTC Pharmacy
- O'Connell Pharmacy
- Skywalk Pharmacy
- SSM Health Pharmacy
- Sniteman Pharmacy
- Tomahawk Pharmacy
- UW Health Pharmacy Services
Health Literacy Services
Wisconsin Health Literacy offers training and consulting services customized to meet your organizational needs. Trainings focus on the numerous ways that health literacy impacts care delivery, health outcomes, and public health.
Wisconsin Health Literacy is working with a patient advisory council to design easy-to-read medication labels. Our work has impacted over 4 million prescription labels in Wisconsin.
Health Literacy Summit
The Health Literacy Summit is the largest in the Midwest.
Diverse sessions and networking opportunities provided attendees with the opportunity to learn more about health literacy.
Visit our Summit page for more information.