The purpose of the law is to improve patient safety by reducing errors in prescription medications. The law does not specify how theDepartment shall handle prescription writers who do not comply.The Department will work closely with the licensing boards, health care associations, and other interested groups to implement this law.As with all new laws and programs, we cannot predict what will happen in every situation, however, the Department is now focused on how best to implement the law not on how to discipline health care providers who are doing their best to learn and acclimate to this new prescription format. The Department focus the first year is to educate prescribing practitioners, pharmacists and consumers about the law. The licensing boards have a variety of options available to deal with violations, including a letter of advice that would be sent to non-compliant practitioners. This would be followed by a notice of non-compliance, and if appropriate, a citation. The licensing board shave not yet had the opportunity to address this issue.