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Legal Status of EPT in California

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 EPT authorized for chlamydia, gonorrhea or other sexually transmitted infections as determined by the Department. May be conducted by physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants.
Cal. Health & Safety Code § 120582.
II. Specific judicial decisions concerning EPT (or like practices) (Explanation) minus symbol Suspension of physician’s license upheld because the Board conclusively established (among other charges) that physician prescribed to persons who were not his patients. Leslie v. Bd. of Medical Quality Assurance, 234 Cal. App. 3d 117
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 Prescription label must bear patient’s name. Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 4076.
VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation) permissible EPT is permissible.

Statutory authority expressly authorizes EPT for the treatment of chlamydia and gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections as determined by the State Department of Health Services.

Status as of January 1, 2007


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