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     37-2-107. Civil penalty for unreadable prescription. (1) A medical practitioner may not issue a written prescription, to be delivered to a patient or pharmacy, in such a manner that the name of the drug, the dosage, the instructions for use, the printed name or other identifying letters or numbers unique to the medical practitioner, and, if required, the federal drug enforcement agency identifying number cannot be read by a registered pharmacist licensed to practice in this state.
     (2) Any person may file a complaint alleging a violation of subsection (1) with the board that licensed the medical practitioner who issued the prescription. The board may investigate the complaint and take any action and impose any sanction allowed by the statutes relating to the board and rules adopted by the board. Each board licensing a medical practitioner shall adopt rules to implement this section.
     (3) The board may refer the complaint to the county attorney of the county in which the prescription was issued, whether or not the board itself has taken any action or imposed any sanction. A county attorney may not file an action alleging a violation of subsection (1) unless a complaint has been referred to the county attorney by the medical practitioner's licensing board.
     (4) A medical practitioner who violates subsection (1) is guilty of a civil offense and may be punished by a civil penalty of not more than $500 for each prescription.

     History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 436, L. 2005.

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