In Support of SB 698
As a product of listening and research, nursing students discovered the various ways that harm is caused to patients when they cannot understand how to take their medications correctly. These nursing students, along with faculty, and department of family medicine physicians worked for over a year developing the legislative concept that would become SB 698 S.M.A.R. T. (Safe Medication for All requires Translation) and finding champions in the legislature to bring it before the Oregon Senate.
The current bill gives pharmacies the option of just providing a translated supplemental document instead of a label. SB 698 will require that all prescription labels be written in a language the patient can read. This is a health equity, health safety and cost savings issue.
SB 698 has passed the Oregon Senate and is heading to the House!
Please reach out to legislators and ask them to support SB698.
Maggie Wells and Brian Park, Family Medicine physicians, testified in support of the bill.