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Legal Status of EPT in Arkansas

permissible EPT is permissible.

I. Statutes/regs on health care providers’ authority to prescribe for STDs to a patient’s partner(s) w/out prior evaluation (Explanation) plus signThe Arkansas State Medical Board exempts “prescriptions written or medications issued for use in expedited heterosexual partner therapy for the sexually transmitted diseases of gonorrhea and/or chlamydia” from its definition of malpractice for physicians. Ark. Admin Code 060.00.1-2(8)(C).
II. Specific judicial decisions concerning EPT (or like practices) (Explanation)  
III. Specific administrative opinions by the Attorney General or medical or pharmacy boards concerning EPT (or like practices) (Explanation) minus symbol The Arkansas State Board of Nursing has determined that it is not within the scope of practice of the advanced practice nurse (APN) with prescriptive authority to prescribe for a person with whom the APN has not established a proper in-person APN/patient relationship.
IV. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation) plus sign The current edition of APHA’s "Control of Communicable Disease in Man" is accepted for applying general control measures for communicable diseases.
Ark. Reg .007-15-02-001 promulgated under the authority of Ark. Code Ann. §§ 20-7-101 et seq.
V. Prescription requirements (Explanation) minus symbol Pharmacist filling a prescription for dispensing to an ultimate patient may affix label showing patient’s name on container, but not required. Ark. Code Ann. § 17-92-505.
VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation) plus sign EPT is permissible.

Arkansas State Medical Board regulations exclude EPT from its definition of “malpractice.”  A lack of contrary statutory or regulatory provisions suggests that EPT is permissible for physicians treating chlamydia or gonorrhea.

Status as of July 8, 2012

 

permissible EPT is permissible in 35 states: potentially allowable EPT is potentially allowable in 9 states: prohibited EPT is prohibited in 6 states:

Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico 
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming

EPT is permissible in the District of Columbia.

Alabama
Delaware
Georgia
Kansas
Maryland *
Montana
New Jersey
South Dakota
Virginia

EPT is potentially allowable in Puerto Rico.
Florida
Kentucky
Michigan
Ohio
Oklahoma
West Virginia

* Exception: EPT is permissible in Baltimore, Maryland.

Summary Totals

 
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