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Legal Status of EPT in Arizona

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 The Arizona State Board of Nursing authorizes registered nurse practitioners (RNPs) to “prescribe[e] antimicrobials to a person who is believed to be at substantial risk as a contact of a patient who has been examined and diagnosed with a communicable disease by the prescribing RNP even if the contact is not in the population focus of the registered nurse practitioner's certification.” AZ ADC R4-19-511(D)(5)(d).

plus sign Unprofessional conduct includes “Prescribing, dispensing or furnishing a prescription medication to a person unless the licensee first conducts a physical examination of that person or has previously established a doctor-patient relationship. This subdivision does not apply to: (v) Prescriptions written or antimicrobials dispensed to a contact who is believed to have had significant exposure risk with another person who has been diagnosed with a communicable disease.”
Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 32-1401(27)(ss)

See also: 32-1501 (31) (ww), 32-1854 (48), 32-2501(21)(kk)
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) minus symbol Drugs dispensed by physicians must bear patient’s name. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 32-1491.
VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation) permissible EPT is permissible.

Statutory authority expressly authorizes EPT for treatment of person believed to have had significant exposure risk with another person who has been diagnosed with a communicable disease by the prescribing or dispensing health professional.

Status as of July 6, 2013

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star Exception: EPT is permissible in Baltimore, Maryland.

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