Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Pharmacy

Translations of Pill Directions


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.