Background and Additional Resources
This project began with research to see if it was possible to implement label changes in Wisconsin.
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
Smith, Michelle Cruz Jimenez et al. Lost in translation: Medication labeling for immigrant families. (JAPhA membership required)
Health Literacy Summit
Over 350 people attended the 2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, which focused on how improved health literacy can help individuals become more engaged with their health and healthcare.
An additional 80 individuals attended the Medication Label Summit centering on how improving prescription drug labels can help patient understanding. Visit our Summit page for more information.
Wisconsin Health Literacy is working with a patient advisory council to design easy-to-read medication labels. Our work has impacted about 3 million prescription labels in Wisconsin. Read more about this project.