Making medication labels easier for seniors to understand

Madam Tan Choon Lan, 81, with the medication and supplements that she takes every day. She is among the many seniors in Singapore who find it difficult to understand prescription medication labels.
Madam Tan Choon Lan, 81, with the medication and supplements that she takes every day. She is among the many seniors in Singapore who find it difficult to understand prescription medication labels.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

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Every day, Madam Tan Choon Lan takes six different kinds of medication and supplements, but she faces one major hurdle - she cannot read the labels that are written in English.

To get around this, she gets the pharmacist to explain the instructions in Mandarin, and writes them down when she gets home to make sure she remembers them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2019, with the headline 'Making medication labels easier for seniors to understand'. Print Edition | Subscribe