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Legal Status of EPT in Illinois

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) minus symbol Concerning physical examination and medical treatment for syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia, if an examination has not taken place, public health authorities shall request individuals to report for examination and complete treatment pursuant to the examination results. Ill. Admin. Code tit. 77, § 693.50.

plus sign A health care professional who makes a clinical diagnosis of chlamydia or gonorrhea may prescribe, dispense, furnish, or otherwise provide prescription antibiotic drugs to the infected person's sexual partner or partners without physical examination of the partner(s).410 Ill. Comp. Stat. 325/6; see also 225 Ill. Comp. Stat. 60/64 (physicians); 225 Ill. Comp. Stat. 65/70-170 (nurses); and 225 Ill. Comp. Stat. 95/25 (physician assistants).

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) minus symbol The Attorney General addressed whether non-licensed healthcare practitioners (nursing aids, orderlies, attendants) could dispense medications to patients. The AG concluded that only licensed practitioners (physicians or nurses) could administer medications. 1976 Op. Att’y Gen. Ill. 62
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.

225 Ill. Comp. Stat. 60/33; 225 Ill. Comp. Stat. 85/3(e).

minus symbol To sell or dispense a prescription drug without a prescription is prohibited. 410 Ill. Comp. Stat. 620/3.21

minus symbol A drug may only be dispensed to the patient or the patient’s representative authorized to receive it. 225 Ill. Comp. Stat. 85/3(m)

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.

Status as of January 1, 2010


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