Letters & Opinion

Is This Legal?

I need your help. Two days ago, I went to a leading pharmacy on the island to fill an anti-inflammatory prescription given me by a medical doctor. The pharmacist told me to take one pill three times a day. On arriving home I opened the box containing the medicine and withdrew the printed paper inside to read about the medicine: its ingredients, side effects if any, and what medicines it should not be taken with etc, etc. It was only then I discovered that the leaflet was written in a foreign language, that is, not English and not French or Spanish.

Is this legal? Can people sell medicines or any other product here with instructions written in a language other than English, the official language of the country? Please let me know what I can do to protect myself from purchasing medicines and products whose instructions I am unable to read because the directions are written in a language foreign to my country.

–Sick man

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