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Legal Status of EPT in New Jersey

potentially allowable EPT is potentially allowable.

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 state department of health may provide antibiotics and other appropriate drugs for the treatment and prevention of STDs. N.J. Stat. Ann § 26:4-47.

minus symbol A prescription means a lawful order of a practitioner for a drug, a device or diagnostic agent for a specific patient. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 45:14-41.

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 Patient’s name required on prescription label. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 24:21-17.

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

potentially allowable EPT is potentially allowable.

The state department of health is granted broad authority to dispense drugs for the treatment and prevention of STDs. Although a physician may only prescribe medications for a specific patient, EPT may be possible pursuant to population-based interventions under the direction of the health department.

Status as of August 16, 2006

Legend

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

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