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Legal Status of EPT in District of Columbia

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 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)minus symbol 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)plus sign 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)minus symbol Label for prescription drug must bear patient’s name. D.C. Mun. Reg. tit. 22, § 1912.2.

minus symbol 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)permissible EPT is permissible

The DC Code expressly authorizes EPT for the treatment of chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Status as of April 30, 2014

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