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Legal Status of EPT in Wisconsin

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, physician assistant, or certified advanced practice nurse prescriber may provide expedited partner therapy if the patient is diagnosed as infected with a chlamydial infection, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis and the patient has had sexual contact with a sexual partner during which the chlamydial infection, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis may have been transmitted to or from the sexual partner." Wis. Stat. § 448.035(2)

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 Wisconsin Medical Examining Board recognizes the CDC guidelines for the practice of EPT and supports the passage of legislative authority to expressly authorize the provision of EPT treatment by licensed physicians in Wisconsin.

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

plus sign "Regulations incorporated by reference include DHHS' STD Treatment Guidelines, 2006. Specific medical treatment shall be prescribed by a physician or advanced practice nurse prescriber." Wis. Admin. Code (DHS) § 145.22.

V. Prescription requirements (Explanation)

plus symbol "A pharmacist may, upon the prescription order of a practitioner providing expedited partner therapy, as specified in s. 448.035, that complies with the requirements of sub. (1), dispense an antimicrobial drug as a course of therapy for treatment of chlamydial infections, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis to the practitioner’s patient or a person with whom the patient has had sexual contact for use by the person with whom the patient has had sexual contact." Wis. Stat. § 450.11(1g)(b)

plus symbol A prescription order for an antimicrobial drug prepared under this subsection shall include the name and address of the patient’s sexual partner, if known. Wis. Stat. § 448.035(2)

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

permissible EPT is permissible.

Statutory authority expressly authorizes EPT for the treatment of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis and is supported by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.

Status as of May 26, 2010
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