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Legal Status of EPT in Arkansas
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)||The 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)|| “The Arkansas State Board of Nursing has determined that it is within the scope of practice of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) with Prescriptive Authority to prescribe EPT to their patients’ heterosexual partner(s) with suspected gonorrhea and/or chlamydia. The prescription shall be in the partner’s name.”|
|IV. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation)|| 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)||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)|| 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|
|EPT is permissible in 38 states:||EPT is potentially allowable in 8 states:||EPT is prohibited in 4 states:|
EPT is permissible in the District of Columbia.
EPT is potentially allowable in Puerto Rico.