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California pharmacies resist push to translate drug labels
Sacramento Bee

When Chek Lun Wong picks up his prescription medication for hepatitis B at his local Walmart, he doesn’t understand a word. “I give them the prescription and my license and they give it to me. I don’t read the bottle,” said Wong. “I usually just ignore it if I don’t understand it.” The 63-year-old Wong, who told his story with the help of a Chinese translator at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic in East Sacramento last weekend, is one of thousands in the capital region and the state who struggle to take their medication correctly because of a language barrier – an issue that some health advocates want rectified at a California State Board of Pharmacy meeting later this month.

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