Legal Status of EPT in New York
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 healthcare practitioner who diagnoses chlamydia infection in a patient may prescribe and dispense antibiotic drugs to the patient’s sexual partner(s) without examining the patient’s partner(s). N.Y. Pub. Health Law § 2312
New York released rules in support of its statutory authorization of EPT, which includes eligibility criteria for EPT, requirements for educational materials to be provided to patients who are provided with EPT treatment, EPT prescription format requirements, and reporting procedures for cases of EPT. Dep’t. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 10, § 23.5.
|II. Specific judicial decisions concerning EPT (or like practices) (Explanation)||
Judicial decisions suggest that providing prescription without prior examination is physician misconduct. Carloni v. De Buono 245 A.D.2d 970, 972 (N.Y.App. Div. 1997); Balmir v. De Buono 237 A.D.2d 648, 649 (N.Y. App. Div.1997).
|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)||
Any persons diagnosed as having chlamydia or gonorrhea, in facilities provided by the state for the diagnosis and treatment of STDs, shall be treated directly in the facility with appropriate medication in accordance with accepted medical procedures as described in the most recent evidence-based STD guidelines treatment schedule distributed by the NYS Dep’t of Health. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 10, § 23.2.
|V. Prescription requirements (Explanation)||
Prescription must bear the patient’s name, address, and age. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 29.2.
|VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)||
EPT is permissible.
Statutory authority expressly authorizes EPT for the treatment of chlamydia.
|Status as of May 18, 2016|
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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