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Legal Status of EPT in Florida
EPT is prohibited.
|I. Statutes/regs on health care providers’ authority to prescribe for STDs to a patient’s partner(s) w/out prior evaluation (Explanation)|| The health dept or its authorized representatives may examine or cause to be examined anyone suspected of having an STD, and if found to have the disease, that person shall be treated. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 384.27.|
Physicians and physician assistants barred from practicing telemedicine, which includes prescribing drugs or treatment based solely upon electronic communication. Prior examination and diagnostic evaluation required.
|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)|| The name of the patient for whom the drug was ordered must be on the label affixed to the container. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 465.186.|
Pharmacist prohibited from dispensing prescription if there is reason to believe the prescription is not supported by physician-patient relationship or prior evaluation. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 465.023.
Florida pharmacy rules provide that
|VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)|| EPT is prohibited.|
Individuals with STDs must undergo a physical exam prior to receiving treatment. Pharmacists are precluded from dispensing a drug to any individual who may receive the drug who has not received a physical examination.
|Status as of August 16, 2006|
|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