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Legal Status of EPT in New Hampshire

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)

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)

plus sign The New Hampshire State Board of Medicine adopted guidelines regarding prescribing of medications for patients unknown to the physician. The Board found that “under certain circumstances for treatment of contacts of sexually transmitted diseases, it is appropriate for a physician to give a prescription to the index patient with whom there is a physician-patient relationship for the sole purposes of treating a sex partner that has not been examined.”

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

V. Prescription requirements (Explanation)

minus symbol Patient’s name required on prescription. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 318:47-a.

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

permissible EPT is permissible.

The medical board guidelines state that it is appropriate for a physician to give a prescription to the index patient to treat a sex partner that has not been examined.

Status as of August 16, 2006


plus sign supports the use of EPT

minus symbol negatively affects the use of EPT

permissible EPT is permissible

potentially allowable EPT is potentially allowable

prohibited EPT is prohibited