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Legal Status of EPT in Rhode Island

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 Physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are permitted to prescribe prescription drugs to a patient's sexual partner or partners for the treatment of the sexually transmitted chlamydia or gonorrhea infection without an examination of the sexual partner or partners. R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-11-20

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)

IV. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation)

V. Prescription requirements (Explanation)

minus symbol Prescription order must bear patient’s name and address. R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-31-2.

minus symbol Prescription label must bear patient’s name, R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-31-15.

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 June 25, 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