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Non-English Speakers Charge Bias in Prescription Labeling
New York Times ^ | October 31, 2007 | Anne Barnard

Posted on 10/30/2007 10:53:39 PM PDT by reaganaut1

Pharmacies across the city routinely fail to help non-English speakers understand their prescriptions, raising the chances that customers could harm themselves by taking medicines incorrectly, immigrant advocacy groups charge in a discrimination complaint that they plan to file today with the New York attorney general’s office.

The complaint names 16 pharmacies in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, most of them operated by chains. It argues that federal civil rights law and state health regulations require pharmacies to provide linguistic help to guarantee that people who speak little or no English receive equal access to health care. That assistance should include interpreters at pharmacies and written translations of medication instructions, the advocates say.

Nisha Agarwal, a lawyer for one of the groups filing the complaint, said the attorney general’s office had already issued subpoenas to several pharmacies listed in an earlier version of the complaint filed in July. The new version names more pharmacies, and an accompanying report includes more examples of comprehension problems non-English speakers have had.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: aliens; bendoveramerica; immigrantlist; sheeruttermadness
What about the responsibilities of immigrants to learn English?

It's so easy for politicians and "activists" to mandate that businesses do XYZ, but where is the money coming from? If pharmacies operating in areas requiring translators charge more, get ready for the next NYT story saying that gouging immigrants.

1 posted on 10/30/2007 10:53:40 PM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Learn English or go home. End of story.

If you won’t learn English, then you are admitting this isn’t your home. And then we don’t want you. Period.

Go back to the old country and cry on their shoulder.

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.


2 posted on 10/30/2007 10:59:12 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We yen to be numba one. We find Crintons to be vewy good people. Worth every penny.)
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To: reaganaut1

I speak Swahili with a Laotian accent! I have rights and I am suing for as you say in English “big bucks from the jackpot crooked lawyer scam.”


3 posted on 10/30/2007 11:01:40 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: reaganaut1

This means smaller print and less information for the rest of us! Pill bottles have been getting nasty enough in the last 20 years. They already print 5 times more space with warnings than they do telling you the proper dosage.

I used to think it was my eyes getting bad, but I pulled an old bottle out of the medicine chest and I could still read it just fine.


4 posted on 10/30/2007 11:08:14 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: reaganaut1
That assistance should include interpreters at pharmacies and written translations of medication instructions, the advocates say.

I seem to recall reading that there are 120 languages spoken in New York City.

I hope the city fathers make a law that each pharmacy must have a translator on 24 hour call for each of these languages. The people of New York City don't deserve to have ANY pharmacies when they vote for such foolishness.

-ccm

5 posted on 10/30/2007 11:13:13 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: reaganaut1
How about a little self reliance for these immigrants.

They can take their prescription leaflet to any NYC library scan it on to a computer, and use BableFish to translate it for them.

Of course about 20 percent of them can’t read their own language so what is the big deal.

6 posted on 10/30/2007 11:21:17 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: DoughtyOne

bttt

Learn English or go home.


7 posted on 10/30/2007 11:32:03 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: reaganaut1
.. or the doctor that wrote the prescription ... he/she can write out or explain how and when to take a prescription.

The answer of course is for English to be learned.

8 posted on 10/30/2007 11:43:44 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: the_Watchman

Yup. Go to Lowe’s or Home Depot to buy something. There’s more foreign languages on the box than Engrish. Ooops. English.


9 posted on 10/30/2007 11:52:16 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: reaganaut1

We have truly entered the Twilight Zone when it can be considered ‘bias’ to conduct business in English in America. This is demented. Learn English or at least get your own damned translator, people!!


10 posted on 10/31/2007 12:04:26 AM PDT by Enchante (Democrat terror-fighting motto: "BLEAT - CHEAT - RETREAT - DEFEAT")
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To: george76

Thanks George.


11 posted on 10/31/2007 12:11:39 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (We yen to be numba one. We find Crintons to be vewy good people. Worth every penny.)
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To: Cobra64
re: Go to Lowe’s or Home Depot to buy something. There’s more foreign languages on the box than English.

I have noticed that too. It is very frustrating anymore trying to find out about the actual product inside the box. When manufacturers have to print information in multiple languages, it leaves little room for the information that used to be readily available.

12 posted on 10/31/2007 12:18:12 AM PDT by Nevadan (nevadan)
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To: reaganaut1

So leave.


13 posted on 10/31/2007 1:04:26 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: reaganaut1

I feel a new civil right coming on.


14 posted on 10/31/2007 1:22:38 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: reaganaut1

Simple solution:

With every prescription, give out a several hundred page instruction book for that drug with a page for every possible language and dosage possibility. Once Hillarycare is in place, this will present no additional cost burden to anyone because health care will be free then.


15 posted on 10/31/2007 1:25:08 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Scrape the bottom, vote for Rodham!)
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To: reaganaut1

Nope. English is the language. Learn it or die. You have the freedom of choice.


16 posted on 10/31/2007 1:28:51 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult)
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To: reaganaut1

I’m sorry. I’m already pi$$ed off that I’m paying for their prescriptions. I’m just simply not ready to pay for language issues.


17 posted on 10/31/2007 1:31:00 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult)
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To: reaganaut1

learn the language folks it helps


18 posted on 10/31/2007 3:16:28 AM PDT by Flavius
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To: reaganaut1
Don't speak English?

"No drugs for YOU!"

Seriously...and these morons will be the first to complain that prescription prices are too high...minorities are hit the hardest...

By morons, I suppose any person who doesn't speak one of the five languages that will soon be required by law, and the editors at the NYT.

19 posted on 10/31/2007 4:19:19 AM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: Cobra64

20 posted on 10/31/2007 4:20:53 AM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: Cobra64

LOL...I HAD to check out that link...www.BulletBras.net


21 posted on 10/31/2007 4:22:24 AM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: Hi Heels

Freedom of choice - is what you’ve got.
Freedom from choice - is what you want.

— Devo

I fear they nailed it, about the American people, 25 years ago.


22 posted on 10/31/2007 4:33:54 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: reaganaut1

STFU......in English.


23 posted on 10/31/2007 4:38:24 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Islam is a clown car with guns.)
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To: reaganaut1; All
When I lived in Germany, I didn’t expect people to understand English. I had to learn to communicate in German. WHY the double standard here for the illegals????

They don't want to blend in with our country!

I’m so SICK of this country catering to these criminals!!!!!

24 posted on 10/31/2007 4:44:21 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Liberals want to turn this country and the world back into a feudal society.)
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To: reaganaut1

Jeeze Louise, call a WHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMBULANCE already! Every damn time a person turns around these “non-English speakers” (so-called) are whining about some damn thing or another. Demanding this, demanding that, like the spoiled damn brats that they are. English should be the official langauge of the USA and they can either learn it or STHU and GTHO. If we went to their country, you can bed they’d expect us to learn their langauge and get very offended if we demanded the same crap from them that they demand of us.


25 posted on 10/31/2007 4:55:03 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (Hunter and Tancredo in '08! La Raza - the PLO of the Western Hemisphere)
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To: reaganaut1
What about the responsibilities of immigrants to learn English?

Too hard, besides, how could political panderers (Both Repubs and dems) make a living off those who refuse to be self reliant.

Come on man, where is your compassion for an over regulated society plus an inefficient bureaucracy?
26 posted on 10/31/2007 5:04:36 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: proudofthesouth

actually in European nations there are VERY serious laws for the use of the local language.

I know they have rules in France, Spain, Itally, and Greece. They EVEN HAVE COMMERCIALS to encourage the protection of our language.


27 posted on 10/31/2007 5:13:38 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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ping


28 posted on 10/31/2007 8:56:26 AM PDT by gubamyster
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To: rlmorel
That's my wife's and my little business...

There's quite a niche market demand for the '50s "Sweater Girl" look.

29 posted on 10/31/2007 9:18:51 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yes, just learn English. Very simple solution.


30 posted on 10/31/2007 9:59:26 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: reaganaut1

Go to Germany, got to France, Italy, Russia...see if they will print your prescription on English. Two chances that will happen: one slim...the other fat.


31 posted on 10/31/2007 3:07:52 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: reaganaut1
That assistance should include interpreters at pharmacies ...

Good God. They want every pharmacy to hire interpreters for every language? They have got to be kidding.

32 posted on 10/31/2007 3:14:06 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: reaganaut1

what a load!


33 posted on 10/31/2007 3:24:40 PM PDT by VOA
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To: reaganaut1

Learn English or go back home.


34 posted on 11/03/2007 6:08:27 PM PDT by HennepinPrisoner
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