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Legal Status of EPT in Ohio

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)

Certain health care providers are authorized to prescribe or furnish treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis “without having examined the individual for whom the drug is intended” if they are the sexual partner of the provider’s patient who was diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis, and other conditions are also met.  Ohio Rev Code Ann. § 4731.93 (physicians), Ohio Rev Code Ann. § 4723.4810 (nurses), Ohio Rev Code Ann. § 4730.432 (physician assistants).

II. Specific judicial decisions concerning EPT (or like practices) (Explanation)

minus symbol Physician failed to use reasonable care when she prescribed excessive and extra doses of antibiotic to patient who insisted on giving extra dosage to husband. Reed v. State Med. Bd. Ohio, 833 N.E.2d 814 (Ohio Ct. App. 2005).

minus symbol Physician misconduct for failing to evaluate new patients before prescription given, instead delegating to physician assistant. Royder v. State Med. Bd. of Ohio, 789 N.E.2d 1119 (Ohio 2003).

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)

Prescription label does not have to bear the name of the individual for whom the drug is intended if the prescription contains the words “expedited partner therapy” or the letters “EPT.” Ohio Rev Code Ann. § 4729.282.

minus symbol An order purporting to be a prescription issued not in the usual course of bona fide treatment of a patient is not a prescription and the person knowingly dispensing such a purported prescription, as well as the person issuing it, shall be subject to the penalties of law. Ohio Admin. Code § 4729-5-30(A).

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

EPT is permissible.

Statutory authority expressly authorizes certain providers to provide EPT for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis.

Status as of March 23, 2016


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