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California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels
National Public Radio

Every Saturday morning, a steady stream of Chinese and Vietnamese patients line up at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic in Sacramento. Most of them speak little or no English. Patient Assistance Director Danny Tao says people come here to get free medical consultations and drug prescriptions. But when patients take those prescriptions to be filled, he says, they don’t understand the instructions on the label. “They go pick them up, and we don’t exactly know if they’re taking it or not — or if they know how to take it,” Tao says.