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Legal Status of EPT in Pennsylvania

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 sign A prescription means a written or oral order issued by a duly licensed medical practitioner in the course of his professional practice …which is dispensed for use by a consumer.” 63 Penn. Stat. § 390-2(8); see also 49 Pa. Code. § 27.1

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)

IV. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation)

V. Prescription requirements (Explanation)

plus sign Pharmacist dispensing means “preparation of a prescription or non-prescription drug…for subsequent administration to or use by a patient or other individual entitled to receive the drug.” 63 Penn. Stat. § 390-2(2.1).

minus symbol Prescriptions on file shall show the name and address of the patient. 49 Pa. Code § 27.18(b)(1)

minus symbol "The label shall also bear the name and address of the practitioner, the date dispensed, the name of the patient, and the directions for use of the drug by the patient." 49 Pa. Code § 16.94(a)

VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)

permissible EPT is permissible.

Statutory language does not preclude a third-party partner from being a “consumer” or an “individual entitled to receive the drug.”

Status as of August 16, 2006

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