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Trouble reading your prescription labels? There’s an app for that

Americans spend more on prescription drugs than any other country in the world, with more than $358 billion in costs in 2020. The amount is staggering, and you feel it if you take one or more prescription drugs.

You may also think you have no other options. Luckily, there are ways you can save a good chunk of cash on the pills you take every day. Tap or click here to learn how get your meds for less.

Prescription labels can be confusing enough on their own, but it’s worse for people with impaired vision. Following a trial run that began in 2020, CVS is expanding its Spoken Rx audio prescription labels, which are designed for those with vision problems.

Audio aid

Prescription labels contain important information including your name, the name of the drug, pharmacy information, dosage and instructions on how often to take the medication. The fine print can be hard to read for those with visual impairments.

CVS is rolling out its Spoken Rx audio prescription label system to all of its nearly 10,000 pharmacy locations nationwide, including more than 1,700 locations within Target stores.

Spoken Rx allows you to hear your prescription information read out loud in English or Spanish. It’s free to use. The technology was developed with the American Council of the Blind, and the app is powered by security and authentication firm Identiv.

The Spoken Rx feature is available in the CVS pharmacy app and accessible using Voiceover for iOS or self-voicing with Siri or Google Assistant. Scan the RFID label on the bottom of your prescription container using the Spoken Rx tab in the CVS app, and you’ll hear your name, medication name and directions.

How to get Spoken Rx

You need a CVS account to get started. Once you have that, download the smartphone app and enroll in Spoken Rx. Your upcoming prescription labels will be tagged with an RFID label and can be read through the app.

Once you’re all set up, go to the app’s Pharmacy section and tap the Spoken Rx icon. When prompted, hold your tagged prescription within four inches of the phone. The app will scan your tag and start reading the prescription name and instructions out loud.

You can enroll in Spoken Rx for free over the phone by calling your local pharmacy or in-store, where a pharmacist can help you set up the service. If you or a loved one doesn’t have a smartphone, CVS will offer a standalone speaker that can read the Spoken Rx labels.

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