Legal Status of EPT in Virginia
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)||
|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)||
“Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners who treat male [partners]
for STDs must have authorization for and have received specific training
in such practice, as documented in the written protocol between the nurse
practitioner and the supervising physician. In addition, any prescription
written for STDs shall be issued for a medicinal therapeutic purpose to
a person with whom the practitioner has a bona fide practitioner-patient
|IV. Legislative bills or prospective regulations concerning EPT (or like practices) (Explanation)||
House Bill No. 2083 states "[A] bona fide practitioner-patient relationship means that the practitioner shall perform or have performed an appropriate examination of the patient except for where the practitioner is a Department of Health clinician and is providing expedited partner therapy, as defined by the Department of Health and consistent with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to individuals over the age of 18 for confirmed or suspected cases of chlamydia or gonorrhea."
|V. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation)||
"Regulations incorporate, but are not limited to: APHA's CCD Manual, 18th edition, 2004, "Methods of Control" sections. The board and commissioner reserve the right to use any legal means to control any disease which is a threat to the public health." 12 Va. Admin. Code § 5-90-100
|VI. Prescription requirements (Explanation)||
The prescription shall contain the patient’s name and address. Va. Code Ann.
|VII. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)||
EPT is potentially allowable
The Board of Nursing and Medicine opinion requires a “bona fide practitioner-patient relationship,” although this term is only defined in statutes relating to the regulation of controlled substances under Va. Code Ann. § 54.1-3303(A). Absent an express statutory preclusion, the health board and commissioner may exercise their authority to proffer EPT as a potential measure to treat diseases (like STDs) that pose a threat to the public’s health.
|Status as of February 8, 2011|
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Exception: EPT is permissible in Baltimore, Maryland.