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|
supports the use of EPT
negatively affects the use of EPT
EPT is permissible
EPT is potentially allowable
EPT is prohibited
|EPT is permissible in 40 states:||EPT is potentially allowable in 8 states:||EPT is prohibited in 2 states:|
EPT is permissible in the District of Columbia.
EPT is potentially allowable in Puerto Rico.
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- Page last reviewed: April 30, 2014
- Page last updated: July 23, 2014
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