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Legal Status of EPT in District of Columbia
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)|
A physician, advance practice registered nurse, or a physician’s assistant “who diagnoses a chlamydia, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis* infection in a patient may prescribe and dispense antimicrobial drugs to the patient's sexual partner for treatment of that STI without an examination of the sexual partner.” D.C Code § 7-2081.02.
*CDC does not recommend EPT for trichomoniasis
|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)|| District of Columbia Board of Medicine disciplinary order issued 7/31/2003: fined physician $2000 for prescribing without seeing the patient.|
|IV. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation)|| Regulations incorporate by reference APHA’s CCD Manual, Ninth Ed., 1960. Meeting requirements of the 1960 CCD manual is prima facie evidence of good medical or public health practice.|
D.C. Mun. Reg. tit. 22, § 202.8.
|V. Prescription requirements (Explanation)|| Label for prescription drug must bear patient’s name. D.C. Mun. Reg. tit. 22, § 1912.2.|
Pharmacists must keep record of patient name and address for every prescription filled. D.C. Mun. Reg. tit. 22, § 1913.4.
|VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)|| EPT is permissible|
The DC Code expressly authorizes EPT for the treatment of chlamydia and gonorrhea.
|Status as of April 30, 2014|
|EPT is permissible in 36 states:||EPT is potentially allowable in 10 states:||EPT is prohibited in 4 states:|
EPT is permissible in the District of Columbia.
EPT is potentially allowable in Puerto Rico.
* Exception: EPT is permissible in Baltimore, Maryland