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Legal Status of EPT in Arkansas
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)||The Arkansas State Medical Board exempts “prescriptions written or medications issued for use in expedited heterosexual partner therapy for the sexually transmitted diseases of gonorrhea and/or chlamydia” from its definition of malpractice for physicians. Ark. Admin Code 060.00.1-2(8)(C).|
|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)|| The Arkansas State Board of Nursing has determined that it is not within the scope of practice of the advanced practice nurse (APN) with prescriptive authority to prescribe for a person with whom the APN has not established a proper in-person APN/patient relationship.|
|IV. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation)|| The current edition of APHA’s "Control of Communicable Disease in Man" is accepted for applying general control measures for communicable diseases.|
Ark. Reg .007-15-02-001 promulgated under the authority of Ark. Code Ann. §§ 20-7-101 et seq.
|V. Prescription requirements (Explanation)||Pharmacist filling a prescription for dispensing to an ultimate patient may affix label showing patient’s name on container, but not required. Ark. Code Ann. § 17-92-505.|
|VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)|| EPT is permissible.|
Arkansas State Medical Board regulations exclude EPT from its definition of “malpractice.” A lack of contrary statutory or regulatory provisions suggests that EPT is permissible for physicians treating chlamydia or gonorrhea.
|Status as of July 8, 2012|
|EPT is permissible in 36 states:||EPT is potentially allowable in 10 states:||EPT is prohibited in 4 states:|
EPT is permissible in the District of Columbia.
EPT is potentially allowable in Puerto Rico.
* Exception: EPT is permissible in Baltimore, Maryland