Included in the budget that passed on Friday were new regulations for New York's chain pharmacies.
The regulations are designed to help people with limited English and the elderly understand complicated medical instructions. One of the changes will be to prescription pads. The modification will give doctors a place to indicate what their patients preferred language is, and pharmacies will have to provide prescription instructions in that language. Theo Oshiro, the deputy director of Make The Road New York, an advocacy group that backed the legislation says people will see big differences.
"This is a major piece of legislation with real changes that everyday people will be able to experience as soon as the legislation goes into effect."
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.