Legal Status of EPT in Louisiana
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)|| “A prescription issued…in the absence of a documented patient evaluation including a physical examination, is issued outside the context of a valid physician-patient relationship, and is not a valid prescription.” La. Admin. Code tit. 46 Part LIII Chapt. 25 Subchapt. B § 2515
“Any physician or any advanced practice registered nurse…may prescribe, furnish, or otherwise provide prescription antibiotic drugs to that patient’s sexual partner or partners absent a doctor-patient relationship or absent an advanced practice registered nurse-patient relationship and without examination…of that patient’s sexual partner or partners.” La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 40:1121.6
“If expedited partner therapy is chosen as an alternative [by a] physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant, the patient with a case of gonorrhea or chlamydia will be given [an informational] document that the patient agrees to give to his or her sexual contact. Additionally, any pharmacist licensed to practice pharmacy in this state may recognize a prescription authorized by this section as valid, notwithstanding any other provision of law or administrative rule to the contrary.” La. Admin. Code tit. 51 Part II Chapt. 1 § 117 (H)
|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)|| “It is the position of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners that: (i) it is in contravention of the Louisiana Medical Practice Act for a physician to prescribe medication, treatment or a plan of care generally if the physician has not established a physician patient relationship.”
The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy issued a bulletin, to notify pharmacies and pharmacists of La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 40:1064.1 so they will “recognize prescriptions for antibiotics issued under Expedited Partner Therapy as legitimate prescriptions.”
|IV. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation)|
|V. Prescription requirements (Explanation)||Prescription label must bear patient’s name. La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 1702; see also LA Admin Code Tit. 46 Part LIII Chapt 25 Subchapt A §2527|
|VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)|| EPT is permissible.
Statutory authority expressly authorizes EPT for the treatment of chlamydia and gonorrhea.
|Status as of June 25, 2008|
supports the use of EPT
negatively affects the use of EPT
EPT is permissible
EPT is potentially allowable
EPT is prohibited
|EPT is permissible in 41 states:||EPT is potentially allowable in 7 states:||EPT is prohibited in 2 states:|
EPT is permissible in the District of Columbia.
EPT is potentially allowable in Puerto Rico.
The information presented here is not legal advice, nor is it a comprehensive analysis of all the legal provisions that could implicate the legality of EPT in a given jurisdiction. The data and assessment are intended to be used as a tool to assist state and local health departments as they determine locally appropriate ways to control STDs.
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- Page last reviewed: December 19, 2016
- Page last updated: December 22, 2016
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