Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Pharmacy

Translations of Pill Directions

Press Release Announcing the New 2016 Requirement for Prescription Labels


The California Endowment, in an effort to support quality labels for those who do not read English, funded a project with national patient literacy researchers to develop and vet translations of the standardized directions for use that are contained in the boardís patient-centered label requirements. While every effort was made to ensure accuracy and reliability of these translations, the Board cannot ensure that a particular translation is appropriate for a particular patient. The Board recommends that each pharmacy and pharmacist confirm the validity and the medical appropriateness of any given translation for a particular patient before using it for the patientís drug label.